Tag Archives: experimental fires

Drones provide added dimension to monitoring experimental burns

Scion and the University of Canterbury’s UAV teams were on hand to help during the Rural Fire Research team’s recent gorse burn experiments at Rakaia Gorge in March. There were up to five craft in the air at once monitoring … Continue reading

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Gorse experimental burns successful

(Credit: D. Geddes, FENZ) As reported in a previous blog, Scion’s fire team along with its research collaborators from the US Forest Service, San Jose State University and the University of Canterbury, and staff and volunteer firefighters from Fire Emergency … Continue reading

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Gorse research burns underway

After more than 18 months preparation, the first of the research burns in gorse scrub fuels have been successfully conducted. The burns are the second phase of experiments to test the convective fire spread theory, following the completion of crop … Continue reading

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Fire programme receives gold!

Crop stubble research burn as viewed through infrared imaging. Scion’s Extreme Fire research programme has been awarded a Gold rating by the Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) for its performance and progress over the past 12 months. Less … Continue reading

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New presentation video uploaded

A video of a presentation by visiting fire scientist Mark Finney, of the US Forest Service’s Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, has been loaded onto the Rural Fire Research webpage. In this presentation, Mark describes their new theory on fire spread … Continue reading

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Crop stubble burn experiments

In early March, the Fire team successfully completed nine heavily instrumented crop stubble burn experiments. This was the first phase of a major international collaboration to test a new theory on the role of convective heat transfer in fire spread. … Continue reading

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