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Date: April 21, 2016


             A prescribed fire that includes the testing of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's sUAS

             is now scheduled.Homestead National Monument of America, National Park Service 

             (NPS) Midwest Region Fire and Aviation Program, and the NPS National Aviation Offices 

              are collaborating with University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Nebraska Intelligent Mobile 

              Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Laboratory and the Department of Interior Office of 

              Aviation Services for this operational test and evaluation of the integration of sUAS into 

              wildland fire operations.

Date:         Friday, April 22, 2016

Time:         Media personnel are encouraged to arrive at10 a.m.to be issued fire-resistant outer 

              clothing and helmets. Note: You must wear proper footgear –boots orhiking shoes –to                cover this event.A fire operations briefing begins at10:30 a.m.

Place:         Homestead National Monument of America is located4 miles west of Beatrice

               Nebraska on State Highway 4.Report to the Homestead Education Center;signs in 

               the park will provide directions to the Education Center.

Why:          This test of an sUAS with a fire ignition system is thought to be the first such test on 

               public lands administered by the National Park Service and Department of the Interior.  

               This test could have an impact on how future fires are managed and fought. Fire is

               used to manage the prairie at Homestead National Monument of America.

Note:          Camera crews, photographers and reporters must wear proper safety clothing to cover

               this event.  Proper footwear is essential, hiking shoes or boots are required.  

               Homestead National Monument of America will provide fire-resistant outer clothing 

               and helmets. A short safety briefing will be presented to all participants including 

               members of the media prior to the event.Prior to traveling to the Monument, call 

               402-223-3514 to verify that weather conditions have not interrupted this event. 

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice , NE 68310


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