Firefighters are using drones to fight the raging wildfire in Alberta

drones fort mcmurray fireREUTERS/Chris WattieMat Matthews, operations and safety manager with Elevated Robotic Services, and Ron Windmueller, owner of Droneology, pose with drones as smoke rises from wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 6, 2016.LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) – A raging Canadian wildfire grew explosively on Saturday as hot, dry winds pushed the blaze across the energy heartland of Alberta and smoke forced the shutdown of a major oil sands project.

While the fire isn’t responding to conventional fire-suppression tactics, firefighters and local authorities have turned to a high-tech solution to fight the fire: drones.

Elevated Robotic Services — which usually deploys drones for mining companies — has been contracted by the Alberta government to help firefighters pinpoint the cause of the blaze, according to Reuters.

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