Nine large fires have occurred on the Colorado Front Range since the turn of the century, beginning with the Hayman Fire, which burnedacres and destroyed homes southwest of Denver. Beyond Bark Beetles Video series that seeks to help people understand the bark beetle outbreak in our forests and shares actions the U.
A similar situation occurred on the Yarnell Hill Fire in where 19 firefighters were killed. The crew did not know the location of the fire and others assumed they were in a different, and safe, location. Photo from the official Esperanza Fire fatality report. A Senate Bill introduced in January of this year took an important step through the legislative process Tuesday.
It still has to be acted upon in the House of Representatives and the full Senate but this unanimous vote in committee is a good sign. If the bill passes and is actually implemented by the federal land management agencies it would generate progress toward what we have called the Holy Grail of Wildland Firefighter Safetyknowing the real time location of a fire and the resources assigned.
Too many firefighters have been killed when one or both of these critical pieces of situational awareness were unknown. Recent examples with a total of 24 line of duty deaths were on the Yarnell Hill and Experanza Fires. The technology to monitor in real time a fire and firefighting resources has existed for years.
Various systems are being used already by a few state and local agencies.
The military does it for their war fighters, monitoring the enemy and their own forces. If implemented on fires, it will save lives. Firefighters lives are as important as soldiers.
The key points, below, in the legislation as currently written, have requirements for the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture. The completion dates will be established from the time the legislation is signed. Establish a research, development, and testing program, or expand an applicable existing program, to assess unmanned aircraft system technologies, including optionally piloted aircraft, across the full range of wildland fire management operations.
Here is the complete text: The bill passed through committee unanimously. The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Cory Gardner R-COincreases the use of technology to keep firefighters and communities safe, better reduce the risks from wildfires, and increase the effectiveness of wildfire response.
Included in the bill are measures to increase firefighter safety by providing crews on wildfires with GPS locators and using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to scout out and map wildfires in real-time.
The bill also helps protect families and communities by assisting with smoke forecasting and planning for the impacts of smoke from wildfires.
The bill also increases collaboration across government agencies to better strategically plan and stage resources before wildfires occur. National Labs, such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, to better predict the areas most likely to experience large wildfires during fire season, enhancing our ability to plan.The technology to monitor in real time a fire and firefighting resources has existed for years.
Various systems are being used already by a few state and local agencies. "It depends how big the fire is, but they might only put two jumpers onto a fire. 62 ADVANCES IN FIRE CONVECTION DYNAMICS Above the mixed layer, the atmosphere is typically dryer than it is in the mixed layer.
Subsidence above the . Thermite robot. Will firefighting robots ever replace human firefighters? Not on a large scale in the near future, but there have been advances in technology in recent years that has resulted in. Firefighting techniques break down into a few categories: Preemptive, suppressive, and survival.
Preemptive technologies work to prevent a fire before they begin. Technological Advances news and technical articles from Fire Engineering. Search Technological Advances latest and archived news and articles.