Virginia using drone technology with chemical balls to create safe prescribed burn

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HIGHLANDS, Va. (WSET) — New drone technology is making required prescribed burns safer for officials starting them.

Virginia got two new drones to get the job done. Prescribed burns are done every few years, depending on the type of forest, according to officials.

Samantha Lopez, the supervisor of wildlife management for the Dept. of Wildlife Resources, said the burns get rid of debris and create new growth.

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“When fire isn’t happening, we’ve lost entire generations of forests,” she said.

Officials have been looking for solutions to make the process to set fires safer and more cost-effective. They feel this technology is a good solution.

Sam Lindblom, the director of land management for the Nature Conservancy of Virginia, believes it’s a game-changer.

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