Yosemite Wildfire Update: National Guard Launches Unmanned Drone to Monitor the Fire

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wildfire yosemite rimUnmanned drone is the latest tool in the battle against the wildfire raging at Yosemite National Park.

The MQ-1 National Guard unmanned aircraft being remotely piloted hundreds of miles away quickly alerted fire bosses to a new flare-up they otherwise wouldn’t have immediately seen.

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“This morning it’s allowed us to see a spot fire,” said Mike Wilkins, commander of forces at the Rim Fire.

The 12-day-old Rim Fire continued to grow, expanding to 292 square miles, and containment remained at 23 percent. But increasingly confident fire officials said they expect to fully surround it in three weeks, although it will burn for much longer than that.

Western Wildfires

Each icon represents one of the dozens of large fires currently burning across the West.

“It’s looking better every day,” said incident spokesman Glen Stratton.

While unmanned aircraft have mapped past fires…

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