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Wildfire Detection Workshop March 25/26 Cliff Henderson FERIC Forest Protection Division
Forest Protection Business Plan Goal: Protect Alberta’s forests and forest communities by preventing and suppressing wildfires Objectives: Detection – Rapidly detect and promptly report all wildfires occurring within the Forest Protection Area
Alberta’s Firefighting Priorities 1.Life 2.Communities 3.Watersheds/Soils 4.Natural Resources 5.Infrastructure
Detection Systems Used
Detection Performance Measures 1)Detect Wildfires at 0.1 Hectares or Less in Size FPD Target = 85% Results: 2002 = Lookouts 94%, Air 90% 2)Detect Reported Wildfires within 5 Minutes of Discovery FPD Target = 90% Results: 2002 = Lookouts 97%, Air 100%
Detection Systems Over the Years
Early Aircraft - 1922
AB Wildfire Detection Stats Fixed Detection System 131 Lookouts (oldest structure 52 yrs old) 108 Steel Towers (most 100 ft high) 23 Mountain Cabins
Mountain Towers Cline Lookout Torrens Lookout Falls Lookout
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Future Detection Very High Priority One of the key elements of FP Program An effective detection system is critical to meet FPD IA/suppression goals and objectives
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