Aug 29, 2013 6:46 PM by Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

Military drone drafted to tackle massive Yosemite wildfire

An unmanned military Predator drone, similar to those which have seen action in Afghanistan, has been called in to battle against a raging California wildfire that has scorched an area almost as large as New York City.

Remotely piloted by the 163rd Wing of the California National Guard, the MQ-1 aircraft is helping to provide round-the-clock information to firefighters battling the enormous Rim fire, that has charred almost 193,000 acres in 12 days.

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