BC, Australia, California, Alberta, Saskatchewan, ALL Fight Fires Blind
Fire Command Should Have Unobstructed Sight Through Smoke
Direction of Fires Can be Tracked Through Smoke Giving Lead Time
The infrared industry has not kept up with imaging application advances of their own technologies. That limits the important use of non invasive radiology that allows sight of temperature beyond our visible spectrum.
It takes more than buying equipment for imaging success, it requires a specific imaging application, proper equipment, technical support and interpretation by applicable professionals. Every imaging application has different considerations
Our team substantiated first, then implemented IR into fire departments as early as 1990/91. Providing sight through smoke, ability to source fire, people, pets, fire investigation, avoid rekindles, save resources and environmental damage.
In 2003, British Columbia had a bad fire season with a reduced budget. A lightning strike across from Peachland started a fire where terrain and smoke were prohibiting fighting the fire. Castanet media was reporting the government having problems with smoke and terrain. Castanet was contacted and offered BC Forestry sight through the smoke. Forestry declined and a week later the high category forest fire interfaced with Kelowna, BC.
August 21, 2003 the fire interfaced with the city and they didn’t see it coming. Here is an example of what was coming towards Kelowna and people were on the streets staring into the smoke waiting for evacuation orders.
Citizens on patrol were blind, waiting for evacuation orders and couldn’t see the fire heading to their community at 350 ft per minute.
Patrolling RCMP were stopped and shown the fire through the smoke. He was on the radio and 15,000 were evacuated 2 hours later. The officer asked if we would volunteer and directed us to the Kelowna Fire Hall. Jurisdiction conflicts and turns aside at the fire hall. l where forestry had taken over jurisdiction. We were turned away without them seeing an image.
Here are basic images taken in Kettle Valley August 21, 2003 on the way to the fire hall.
August 22, 2003 the fire was imaged through the smoke from Gyro Beach and the fire grew burning 100s of buildings. 1000s more evacuated. Premier Gordon Campbell and entourage saw the imaging of the fire through the smoke when forestry was blind.
Marshall Jones of the Kelowna Capital News asked to used the time stamped images from August 22, 2003 with radio dispatches between forestry and KFD confirming they were blind. http://thermoguy.com/shes-mighty-ugly-out-here/
There was a public inquiry regarding the government handling of the fire season. Premier Gordon Campbell’s office specifically edited the information you see here out of the inquiry.
The images you see here were presented at the Filmon Inquiry
In 2009, another forest fire happened in West Kelowna. Premier Campbell was still in office and all attempts to help were ignored. The day the fire started media was reporting concerns if the fire crosses hwy 97. This very basic video shows the fire building towards the highway while they attacked to other side of the fire.
This infrared video of the fire building through the smoke is alarming. You can see embers flying through the air and starting back fires that could easily trap people. When police want you to evacuate, do it for your life.
January 22, 2019