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Drones monitoring experimental burns

16 July 2020

A couple of weeks ago we included a story on six experimental burns of gorse scrub in the Rakaia Gorge, New Zealand carried out by Scion’s rural fire research team. They were part of a set of experiments to test a new fire spread theory in different vegetation fuel types.

As an integral part of these burns, Scion and the University of Canterbury’s UAV teams were also on hand to help out. There were up to five craft in the air at once monitoring different aspects of the burns. The spread and temperatures of each fire were tracked using infrared and regular RGB video cameras mounted on a UAV flying above each burn at altitudes up to 300 m.

For more on this story, videos and insights into the convective fire spread theory being tested in these experiments, click here

Source: Rural Fire Research

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