*** BC, AUSTRALIA AND CALIFORNIA FIGHT FIRES BLIND ***
The infrared industry hasn’t kept up with imaging applications to support fire fighting services in the forest or structural fire industry. As a result we have left them literally blind to temperature or using their infrared gear in a very limited capacity. I will provide some examples.
Billions is spent fighting fires blind because of smoke. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, NASA and fire officials launch their advanced thermal imaging of fires. Unfortunately they used a predator aircraft and flew at extreme hights losing valuable information for their fire fighters on the ground. It takes more than the purchase of infrared technology for imaging success, it requires an imaging application used in conjunction with equipment and the right professional interpretation.
If you linked to the information they launched as the most advanced infrared, here is a link to what they missed on the ground by not giving them immediate sight through smoke.INFRARED IMAGE OF INTERFACE FIRE
There are several infrared videos below, select the Forest Fire Video to see incredible but basic fire images.
Giving fire command and administration sight of their objectives so fires can be stopped as quick as possible to save lives and environment. The following links to a video and still images of forest fires. Australians ran for their lives and burned to death with hundreds killed in 2009. The third video shows you how an edited fire inquiry prevented this information from reaching California, Australia and others.
On August 16, 2003, local media was reporting a lightning strike across from Peachland, B.C. They province came in, dealt with it and left. Resources were tight as the fire season throughout the province was 10 times more severe than budgeted for. Our fire budget was 50 million, we spent 500 million on direct costs. The indirect costs would be in the billions. Look at the videos and ask yourself why these images were deleted from a public inquiry into the handling of forest fire in 2003. As a result, fire command is effectively blind in 2009 and 2010 when they hit us again
The Kelowna British Columbia
(Okanagan Mountain Park) Fire