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Improving Forest Wildfire Suppression Using Penetrating Reconnaissance And Real Time Data Transfer
Author(s): Jerry D. Greer
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Paper Abstract

The suppression of a wildfire is analogous to a combat action. Fires, like battles, spread fast and suppression forces must be highly mobile. The enemy, (in this case) the wildfire, is lethal in that it kills or destroys forces, equipment, and natural resources left in its path. The suppression action must be carried on day and night until the "enemy" is contained. Both air operations and ground forces are used. Just as in a combat situation, wildfire suppression forces need penetrating reconnaissance with real time data transfer. This paper presents a review of the current system of intelligence gathering on a wildfire where aerial observers, infrared detectors, and ground intelligence officers gather data and either radio or carry the data to the command center. It then attempts to show how some current military reconnaissance systems might be applied to wildfire control processes. The payoffs would include improved safety for both air and ground forces and faster containment of the wildfire which would reduce forest resources lost and decrease the total monetary cost of the containment action.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1990
PDF: 28 pages
Proc. SPIE 1156, Airborne Reconnaissance XIII, (1 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962475
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Jerry D. Greer, USDA-Forest Service (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1156:
Airborne Reconnaissance XIII
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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