Stunning footage captures the remote-controlled flame-throwers in action in Xiangyang, Hubei Province.
A worker drives the drone up to the offending rubbish - more often than not a plastic bag caught on the wires - and presses a button to turn it to ash.
This is not the first time power companies have used drones to reach where humans cannot.
mort dog, Auckland, New Zealand, 3 hours ago
D@ esh have just seen this and are now ordering the flame thro wer parts from China.
Broker Rick, Albuquerque, United States, 9 hours ago
Only a fool thinks its for burning stuff off wires.
UseYourCommonSense, London, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Extremely dangerous and poorly thought out: that's China!
adaze, Permafrost, Russia, 10 hours ago
Thats the most awesome thing I've ever seen! :O
Aongus, Dublin, Ireland, 10 hours ago
They don't appear to be too concerned about its carbon footprint...
velocityboy, Fortress of Solitude, Canada, 11 hours ago
That must be one of those Norwegian Ridgeback drones.
americanblood, Duluth, United States, 11 hours ago
One slip up and the next great wild fire starts.. These drones would never be used improperly, right? Listen to the operators as they love their new job...almost too much.
Why do I bother, In the countryside, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
I want one !
LICA98, Riihimäki, Finland, 13 hours ago
Snaggletoof, Hiding from my bills, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands, 13 hours ago
It could only be made in China..
blowhorn, blue planet, France, 13 hours ago
I want one!
Kriss Day, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago
how long before those are being used to disperse patriotic protesters?