Los Angeles, CA — Western fire fighters are getting some high-tech help in their battle against wildfires.
Officials say experimental flights of remote controlled aircraft similar to military spy drones will be conducted this summer.
The U.S. Forest Service says the planes will be officially deployed next spring to survey areas over the western United States mapping forest fires 24 hours a day.
Officials say the planes can fly through smoke and in the dark.
Forest Officials have been looking into using the robotic planes for several years, but scientists say the technology to install miniature heat detecting sensors in the planes has only recently become available.
Officials say each aircraft will cost about $100,000.