Unmanned Systems Canada agreed to include a wildfire component at its 14th Annual UnmannedCanada 2016 Conference held in Edmonton, Alberta, November 1–3, 2016. Jim Thomasson from FPInnovations’ Wildfire Operations Research program chaired a wildfire plenary panel discussion and hosted a breakout session, which provided wildfire participants with an opportunity to discuss their needs and operational constraints.
This InfoNote provides the take-away points and discussions from the conference.
Data was collected within a burned out area on a steep mountain slope as part of FPInnovations’s Survival Zone project. The fire was a prescribed burn carried out by Parks Canada in Jasper National Park. The data collected shows that in this one instance, that temperatures and heat flux values fell within survivable range for firefighters wearing PPE. This report does not condone firefighters above a fire on a steep slope, but rather this PB was used as a data collecting opportunity.