Wildland urban interface
In the summer of 2021, wildfires devastated large swaths of wildlands and populated areas in British Columbia. We were contracted by the British Columbia government to map the perimeters and hot spots of multiple fires. The “shape files” in the image on the left provide a high altitude understanding of the extent of our mapping coverage.
Our thermal imaging lets firefighting crews see through the smoke. When we were called to map this Alberta area (a wildland-urban interface) due to heavy smoke in the air, the ground crew believed the active fire was burning east (left) of the river. When we flew it, our thermal imaging showed the fire had already engulfed all infrastructure east of the river and had actually jumped the river and expanded far beyond it.