Homestead National Historical Park regularly does prescribed burns on its restored tall grass prairie to reduce fuel load and woody thatch, maintain prairie-wide native plant species, as well as to control invasive species.
Homestead National Historical Park in 2016 partnered with researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who developed an unmanned aircraft system with an aerial ignition device to start this fire. The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has the ability to ignite and monitor fires in a safe manner, potentially adding a new tool for firefighters.
The prescribed burn of 26 acres took place on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Here is a link to a video that shows more on the UAS:
PURCHASE OF FIRST 40 ACRES Prior to 2004, there had been discussions about how the Friends might acquire some land along the south border of Homestead National Historical Park (formerly Homestead National Monument of America). . . .