From more intense wildfires to prolonged droughts, climate change is impacting the ecology of the American West. That’s got researchers in our region looking at a new way to fight some of these impacts: drones.

Adam Watts is a fire ecologist and professor at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada. We’re looking at a video from a recent prescribed burn in Utah.

“And now, pretty much the whole screen is filled with alternating fire and black from the smoke and it’s really a hellish, otherworldly scene,” Watts says, pointing at the screen.

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