Drones that fight wildfires 

“An important part of managing wildfire is controlling a fire’s fuel sources. Prescribed (sometimes called controlled) burns, chemical retardants and other techniques can keep fuel from an ongoing fire, reduce future wildfire risks, and enhance the safety and effectiveness of wildfire response. Interior’s Office of Aviation Services is working with Drones Amplified — an American startup by two professors at the University of Nebraska — on drone aircraft able to set prescribed burns.”
U.S. Department of the Interior

Drone Amplified, the inventor of IGNIS, spent years researching this technology and was the first to use it to ignite prescribed fires with a drone on private and federal lands. The company has an exclusive license agreement with NUTech Ventures and grants which facilitated additional development, testing, and refinement of the concept into the product available on the market today.

Watch the Webinar

Check out this recording to learn more about the technological capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (AKA drones) in fire management. Patrick Shin of Northern Arizona University and Drone Amplified chief engineer, Jim Higgins, present in this webinar developed in partnership with the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.

How it works

How it Works

Find out how this revolutionary technology works to make prescribed burns safer and more effective.

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IGNIS is a patent-pending product of Drone Amplified. The company has an exclusive license agreement with NUTech Ventures.

How it Works

IGNIS is a complete system that embeds to drones. It carries a payload of ping-pong size chemical spheres.

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Really advantageous

“We’ve used Ignis in the field a number times and it worked really well – super effective. Really advantageous. We’re grateful.”

Carrie Ross, CEO, Raven Environmental Services, Inc.

2019-03-07T11:04:37-05:00

Carrie Ross, CEO, Raven Environmental Services, Inc.

“We’ve used Ignis in the field a number times and it worked really well – super effective. Really advantageous. We’re grateful.”

A valuable and reliable tool

“We had the opportunity to test and evaluate the Drone Amplified Ignis PSD payload on several wildfires in 2018. It proved to be a valuable and reliable tool for tactical firing operations on Incidents. It’s effective for getting to those tough-to-get-to ridges or terrain that is either too dangerous or to labor intensive to burn safely.”

Steve Stroud, DOI Office of Aviation Services, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fleet Manager

2019-03-07T11:06:16-05:00

Steve Stroud, DOI Office of Aviation Services, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fleet Manager

“We had the opportunity to test and evaluate the Drone Amplified Ignis PSD payload on several wildfires in 2018. It proved to be a valuable and reliable tool for tactical firing operations on Incidents. It’s effective for getting to those tough-to-get-to ridges or terrain that is either too dangerous or to labor intensive to burn safely.”

Control intensity better

“The main benefit is we can burn at night or dense smoke as the aircraft can be operated utilizing the forward-looking infrared camera. Not only because you can control intensity better, but you can utilize it as a holding resource to find spot fires easily at night or in smoky conditions.”

Steve Stroud, DOI Office of Aviation Services, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fleet Manager

2019-03-07T11:07:00-05:00

Steve Stroud, DOI Office of Aviation Services, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fleet Manager

“The main benefit is we can burn at night or dense smoke as the aircraft can be operated utilizing the forward-looking infrared camera. Not only because you can control intensity better, but you can utilize it as a holding resource to find spot fires easily at night or in smoky conditions.”

One drone can do the work of several people

“When trying to be profitable, manpower and minimizing costs are huge. People cost a lot. One Amplified Drone can do the work of several people, and quicker.”

Carrie Ross, CEO, Raven Environmental Services, Inc.

2019-03-07T11:01:14-05:00

Carrie Ross, CEO, Raven Environmental Services, Inc.

“When trying to be profitable, manpower and minimizing costs are huge. People cost a lot. One Amplified Drone can do the work of several people, and quicker.”

More efficient for fire management

“Drones can do many different things bigger machines cannot. Ignis is the only system I’ve seen that adapts an existing technology to make it more efficient for fire management.”

Carrie Ross, CEO, Raven Environmental Services, Inc.

2019-03-07T11:02:02-05:00

Carrie Ross, CEO, Raven Environmental Services, Inc.

“Drones can do many different things bigger machines cannot. Ignis is the only system I’ve seen that adapts an existing technology to make it more efficient for fire management.”