Drones cannot map one million acres a night. Nor are they allowed to share airspace with water bombers. They can be helpful in certain hot-spotting operations, but there is a clear need for thermal mapping via fixed-wing planes.
For distant, lower-resolution monitoring, satellites can be extremely effective partners. We believe planes and satellites should work together. Our early detection pinpoints the location of 10 cm embers from 10,000 feet.
In 2017, wildfires in BC produced 150 million tons of carbon dioxide. Let it burn? In Canada, annual carbon emissions from wildfires can equal those from fossil fuels across the country.
We Help Save Billions
Canada spends $1 billion annually combatting wildfires. “However, indirect costs can rise to several billion dollars from property loss, damaged infrastructure, industrial shutdowns, evacuations, health-related expenses, and losses in sectors including tourism, forestry, and energy,” the Government of Canada says.