BISMARCK, N.D. — The Civil Air Patrol is helping authorities keep tabs on developing wildfires in drought-stricken North Dakota.

Patrol Capt. Larry Regorrah says infrared cameras are used to find hot spots. That information is passed to firefighters on the ground who can then respond accordingly. Regorrah says the North Dakota Civil Air Patrol is one of only two wings of volunteer service in the country that have access to infrared cameras. The patrol is the volunteer civilian branch of the U.S. Air Force.

KXMB-TV ( ) says that with the ongoing drought, the Civil Air Patrol is on high alert for the wildfire missions.

Information from: KXMB-TV,

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