Drones are helping to fight forest fires in a new innovative way. It has been extremely challenging to control fires on the west coast of the USA this year. The drones drop small chemical filled balls called "Dragon Eggs" into large fire areas to help put them out.
The little balls can touch places that are typically unreachable. The Dragon Eggs help contain large fires by "creating small, fiery explosions that eat the wildfire's fuel" and then get extinguished by the main fire.
"It takes about 20 to 30 seconds for this reaction to take place and that's about the time it takes for the ball to hit the ground and settle into place and start this kind of ignition that we have," said Kelly Boyd, Unaweep wildland fire unit leader, and drone operator.
Advanced drones like these are vital to the environment and the safety of homes, people, and supporting professionals in saving lives.