The city is considering getting an infrared drone. It can detect heat to tell firefighters where a fire is most active especially in hard to reach areas.
The drone would also crack down on illegal camping around Ashland forests on city-owned lands.
“Just nine years ago we lost 11 houses in a wildfire in Ashland and we know how vulnerable we are,” said Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief with Ashland Fire & Rescue. “This is just another tool in the toolbox in order to enforce an existing ordinance about camping and use of fire but in a more innovative way.”
Chambers said the infrared drone would only be used on city-owned lands and would not infringe on private properties.
Chambers said the program is just an idea at this point and will have more details on the project come mid-July.
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