Last week, the Lafayette police department and the Contra Costa County drone team worked with GeoAcuity and Wingtra to use the VTOL Wingtra drone to map thousands of acres in Santa Cruz County that were destroyed during the CZU Fire in California.
Wingtra drone used by Lafayette Police to map area destroyed by wildfires
This year California experienced some of the most devastating wildfires in the history of the state. In mid-August thunderstorms produced around 11,000 lightning strikes. One of which was the ‘CZU lightning complex’ where many smaller fires merged into one massive blaze.
It took five weeks before the fire was contained. 86,509 acres were destroyed, affecting 1500 structures across four communities and two state parks. Large areas had been evacuated.
To get a better picture and understanding of the damage caused by the wildfires, the Lafayette police department decided to map the area with a drone. Because of the rugged and hilly nature of the landscape, the police reached out to Wingtra for help. A technician with a special Wingtra vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) drone flew out to California to help.
Thousands of acres were quickly mapped with Wingtra drone
With the Wingtra drone areas as large as 1,500 acres were mapped in a matter of hours. GeoAcuity helped in creating detailed maps of the areas so that people can get a better understanding of the extent of the damage.
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