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  • Seoul Uses Monitoring Drones in Efforts to Prevent Forest Fires between February and May

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    Seoul Uses Monitoring Drones in Efforts to Prevent Forest Fires between February and May
    Drone Monitoring Extinguishment with Firefighting Helicopter
    Drone Monitoring Extinguishment with Firefighting Helicopter

    Seoul has designated the period between February and May as the Spring Forest Fire Precaution Period as the risk of forest fires increases due to the dry weather.

    This will be the first year during which the cutting-edge drone devices will be used to proactively control the outbreak of forest fires. Drones will patrol the regions during the times with high frequencies of forest fires. Seoul has plans to examine the expansion of drone monitoring after its effect is proven.

    Special management will be conducted through which the “areas that are vulnerable to forest fires” will be designated for the first time and armed with strengthened patrol. 24 high-risk locations, including Bukhansan Mountain, were appointed out of the areas in which forest fires occurred frequently over the last 30 years. 17 facilities with vulnerable users near mountains, such as convalescent hospitals and sanatoriums, will be provided with emergency instructions for prompt evacuation in case of a forest fire outbreak. Campaigns using promotional videos and webtoons will also be strengthened to prevent hikers from causing fires. Police squads will execute control and patrol around the major hiking trails and areas that are vulnerable to forest fires. Seoul will do its best to guard the entrances of major hiking trails to prevent forest fires by preventing hikers from bringing inflammables onto a mountain. The city will track down and punish anyone who starts a forest fire, whether it was deliberate or not.

    Additionally, starting this year, Seoul will build a systematic cooperative system with related institutions, including Korea Forest Service, National Fire Agency, and Gyeonggi-do Province Local Government, to collectively use a total of 30 firefighting helicopters possessed by each institution.