Alberta Agriculture and Forestry asked FPInnovations to evaluate the patented Trident Pump System developed by Younkers Wielding for the system's suitability for wildfire operations. This report summarizes the author's observations and thoughts.
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.
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.
In late June and early July of 2015, many large fires burned in Saskatchewan (Figure 1). Two of these fires threatened pre-existing community protection fuel treatments established to protect their villages. This report documents the treatments completed and the influence that the treatments had on fire behaviour as fire moved into them. The two communities that had their fuel treatments challenged were the hamlets of Weyakwin and Wadin Bay. Weyakwin had built a fuelbreak on the east side of town and thinned 4.6 ha of forest on the west side of the fuelbreak. Wadin Bay had also completed a thinning project to protect the hamlet from fire moving in from the west and south. Two trips were made to observe and document the fuel treatments and how fire behaved within them. Stand density data was collected within and beside the treatments to describe the fuel environment. Other data sources included fuel treatment plans, fire weather data, fire chronology information and personal communication with those who were involved in the projects and firefighting efforts.