Rain in the News

‘Every wildfire starts small’: Network of drones to help crews spot, put out fires

Brodie is one of the men behind the Rain System, a network of drones that can spot fires when they are small and put them out or dramatically slow them down until the firefighters can arrive. “There is a network of these drones throughout a region that all respond to an ignition,” he said. It’s not a traditional fire fighting tool, but many believe it’s past time to think outside the box.

Rain in the Forecast

Rain Industries’ program is poised to be a transformative technology in wildland firefighting ... After launching, the drone(s) would then self-navigate to the newly detected fire and using its onboard infrared sensors, size up the fire conditions, and intelligently determine how to best approach the deployment of the drone’s retardant ...

Can Bay Area startup’s firefighting drones save us from catastrophe?

If drones from Rain Industries had been in position around the Bay Area during this August’s lightning storms, the aircraft could have contained 72% of the fires within 10 minutes of ignition, the Palo Alto firm’s co-founder and CEO Maxwell Brodie said

Meet the West Coast entrepreneurs founding startups to fight wildfires, combat the effects of climate change, and tap into a market potentially worth billions

The human and economic toll of wildfires in the US is growing. Infernos across the country have burned over 5 million acres so far this year and killed at least 30 people, and the total cost of damages is estimated to reach well into the billions.