This technology can't be deployed soon enough!
Like most every other disaster or emergency, early detection is a great asset in order to assess a situation and get appropriate response assets sent to a scene. See this article, Drones help in early detection of forest fires.
In this case, it is forest fires. I'm thinking of the old-style forest service fire watch towers that used to be staffed on mountain tops and looking for flames or smoke. Now, or in the near future, this can be done autonomously with sensor-equipped drones that can fly through smoke and get almost pin-point locations for fires.
Claire Rubin, Senior Researcher and author, shared the link above.