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Area-based water delivery systems. Exploratory research on logistics, water delivery, and its localized impacts

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7859
Author
Refai, Razim
Hsieh, Rex
Date
January 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Refai, Razim
Hsieh, Rex
Date
January 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
20 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Fire retardant
Retardant
Spruce
Water
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2021 n.1
Location
Alberta
Language
English
Abstract
The aim of this study was to capture data on area-based water delivery systems, specifically in the context of logistics, systems differentiation, water delivery, and its localized effects. FPInnovations successfully collaborated with Fire & Flood to obtain this data. A two-day test was executed during which Fire & Flood set up their 4- and 12-inch systems and carried out sprinkler operations.
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Effectiveness of distributed decision (crowdsourcing) wildfire detection: evaluation of the hummingbird network smoke detection service

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub52895
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Campbell, Roy
Date
February 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Campbell, Roy
Contributor
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF)
Date
February 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
50 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Smoke detection service
FPI TR
Wildfires
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.6
Language
English
Abstract
Hummingbird Network, a British Columbia company, presented its crowdsourcing wildfire detection concept (the Hummingbird Network Smoke Detection Service) during the 2016 Wildland Fire Canada conference. In January 2017, as a follow-up to the conference, Hummingbird Network provided a live demonstration to AAF, BC Wildfire Service, and FPInnovations in Edmonton, Alberta. After a successful demonstration, and at the request of the wildfire agencies, FPInnovations committed to working with Hummingbird Network to provide an evaluation of its wildfire detection system.
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Effectiveness of retardant on mulch fuels: a case study at Pelican Mountain, 2018

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub19843
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Contributor
Canadian Forest Services (CFS)
Natural Resources Canada (NRC)
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF)
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
27 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Fire retardant
Fuel treatment
Mulching
Mulch
FPI TR
Retardant
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.7
Language
English
Abstract
Mulching is a common method of fuel treatment. However, it is not currently listed by the U.S. Forest Service as a fuel type in its recommendations for fire retardant coverage levels. FPInnovations researchers set up plots with different coverage levels of retardant on a mulch fuel bed and collected fire behaviour data when a fire interacted with these plots. The results are intended to help wildfire agencies understand the effectiveness of retardant on mulch fuels in developing better suppression plans.
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Helicopter on-board system for mixing water-enhancing gel: field assessment

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7318
Author
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
McIlwaine, Patrick
Date
July 2017
Edition
49477
Material Type
InfoNote
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
McIlwaine, Patrick
Date
July 2017
Edition
49477
Material Type
InfoNote
Physical Description
4 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Forestry
Forest fire
Gel
Series Number
InfoNote ; 2017 n.23
Language
English
Abstract
In May 2017 FPInnovations conducted an initial field assessment of a helicopter on-board system for mixing water-enhancing gel concentrate at Fort Vermillion. For this study, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry contracted a Bell 214B helicopter with on-board gel mixing capability. The helicopter company chose Firewall II gel and an Isolair external tank to meet the contract requirements. This Info Note presents FPInnovations’ observations of the ability of the on-board mixing system to effectively mix Firewall II gel with water.
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Infrared hotspot prototype construction, testing and evaluation

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7509
Author
Campbell, Roy
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
Badcock, Jamie
Ackerman, Mark
Date
April 2018
Edition
49825
Material Type
InfoNote
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Campbell, Roy
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
Badcock, Jamie
Ackerman, Mark
Date
April 2018
Edition
49825
Material Type
InfoNote
Physical Description
2 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Prototypes
Testing
Scanning
Wildfires
Forest fires
Fire
Series Number
InfoNote ; 2018 n. 9
Language
English
Abstract
Innovation in hotspot target equipment used for Infrared (IR) testing reduces risks and logistical challenges. This InfoNote describes the development of a new hotspot prototype for use at the IR grid in Hinton, Alberta.
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In-stand drop footprint mapping using S-61N helicopters

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub8010
Author
Refai, Razim
Hsieh, Rex
Date
March 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Refai, Razim
Hsieh, Rex
Date
March 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
49 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Helicopters
Forestry
Forest fire
FPI TR
Gel
Series Number
Techncial Reports ; TR 2021 N 16
Language
English
Abstract
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AAF) Wildfire Management Branch recently contracted two Sikorsky S-61N heavy helicopters. Both helicopters are equipped with an external tank (max. volume 1000 U.S. gallons) and have on-board injection systems that are capable of mixing class A foams and water-enhancers. Currently, there is limited data on comparative drop footprints of foam and water-enhancers (suppressants) for these heavy helicopters. To fill this knowledge gap, AAF has asked FPInnovations to conduct drop tests in different wildland fuel environments. This study focuses on mapping the drop footprints of water, foam, and water-enhancers in black spruce stands at specific flight parameters.
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Integrating fuel treatment data into the Canadian wildland fire information framework. A review of Canadian data management systems and requirements

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub36367
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Hvenegaard, Steven
Refai, Razim
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Hvenegaard, Steven
Refai, Razim
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
25 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
FPI TR
Forestry
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.20
Language
English
Abstract
The National Fuels Management Reference Database was designed to collect data on wildland fuel treatment implementation and maintenance. This information is relevant to the Emergency Management Strategy in understanding where fuel treatments are located and how they were applied. FPInnovations reviewed the current status and use of the database and data depositories within wildfire management agencies. Combined with the findings of wildfire risk assessment experts’ data requirements, recommendations were provided for the integration of fuel treatment data into the Canadian Wildland Fire Information Framework.
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National handheld infrared scanner usage survey

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub53021
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Refai, Razim
Date
February 2019
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Refai, Razim
Date
February 2019
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
22 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Helicopters
Equipment
Forestry
Survey
FPI TR
Wildfires
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 N 32
Language
English
Abstract
Alberta Wildfire Management Aviation and Geomatics Section is interested in researching current infrared (IR) scanner technology and identifying potential next-generation IR scanners. A survey was identified as a tool for understanding the current use of IR scanners among Canadian wildfire agencies, with the intention of leveraging existing expertise. FPInnovations was tasked with conducting this survey. Nine Canadian wildfire management agencies responded to the survey. The results identified the IR scanners currently in use, their applications, and the pros and cons associated with the respective scanners.
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On-field drop footprint mapping using S-61N helicopters

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub8012
Author
Refai, Razim
Hsieh, Rex
Date
March 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Refai, Razim
Hsieh, Rex
Date
March 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
38 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Helicopters
Forestry
Forest fire
FPI TR
Gel
Series Number
Techncial Reports ; TR 2021 N 18
Language
English
Abstract
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AAF) Wildfire Management Branch has recently contracted two Sikorsky S-61N heavy helicopters. Both helicopters are equipped with an external tank (max. volume 1000 U.S. gallons) and have on-board injection systems that are capable of mixing class A foams and water-enhancers. Currently, there is limited data on comparative drop footprints of foam and water-enhancers (suppressants) for these heavy helicopters. To fill this knowledge gap, AAF has asked FPInnovations to conduct drop tests in different wildland fuel environments. This study focuses on mapping the drop footprints of water, foam, and water-enhancers in an open field at specific flight parameters.
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Productivity of a motor-manual forest-fuel reduction treatment: a case study in Central Alberta

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub49462
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
Hsieh, Rex
Date
July 2017
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
Hsieh, Rex
Date
July 2017
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
18 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Forestry
Fuel
Productivity
Efficiency
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2017 n.51
Language
English
Abstract
Forest-fuel reduction treatments have been applied extensively in Canada’s wildland–urban interface to mitigate the risk of wildfire to communities and other values. Motor-manual fuel treatments are labor intensive and time consuming. In the winter of 2016/17, FPInnovations documented the productivity of a fuel treatment conducted by workers using chainsaws and handtools to apply prescribed fuel reduction guidelines in a dense black spruce forest stand. The results and observations from this study will help forest fuels managers to plan and budget for motor-manual fuel treatments and to develop operational best practices.
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