Eye In The Sky Helps Firefighters Battle Blaze On American River Island

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento Metro firefighters fought a grass fire on an island in the American River Thursday night with the help of a drone.

Firefighters said the fire was burning on Rio Island, a dense and fairly large island in the river. Due to the location, crews had to be transported by boat with their equipment to fight the fire.

The drone provided real-time pictures of the fire and help direct crews headed to the island by mapping the fire and directing firefighters where to land to effectively fight the blaze.

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Due to the visibility issues, the fire department’s drones are equipped with thermal cameras.

In all, the fire burned approximately an acre. Investigators believe it started from a campfire. It was contained by just after 11 p.m. Thursday.

Rio Island is near Mather, a no-fly zone, but Metro Fire said they’re clear

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