The U.S. Department of Interior and the Forest Service hosted a demonstration of an unmanned K-MAX helicopter at Lucky Peak Wednesday morning.
Remote-operated helicopters have been used in military operations for years, said Art Hinaman, assistant director of aviation for the Forest Service.
But now that technology is being developed to fight fires as well.
It will be years out before remote-operated helicopters could see widespread use among firefighting crews, Hinaman said it will make nighttime operations easier and safer.
At the demonstration the operator used the helicopter to simulate building a fire line and deliver cargo.