Canadian next-generation terrestrial and aerial vehicle specialist InDro Robotics has joined the effort to battle wildfires that have been punishing the nation for weeks with data-gathering drone deployments to assist firefighters in British Columbia.

Toronto-based InDro staged the first of its drone flights on Monday in BC, where its craft have been called in by local officials to provide analytical data and evolving on-ground situational awareness support of firefighters. Those initial sorties were made around Kelowna, where the company’s UAVs are carrying out both thermal monitoring and damage assessment missions.

The latter, says InDro, involve drones using FLIR sensors to identify wildfire hot spots that are prioritized in firefighting strategies, as well as in monitoring underground burns that have ignited beneath Kelowna’s landfill.

Damage assessment activity, meanwhile, is being performed by pairing InDro drones and