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Latest Tasman fire – predictions of what might have happened

Predictions of potential fire growth made by Scion’s fire team have been used to illustrate what could have happened during the latest Tasman forest fire. Veronica Clifford modelled potential fire growth using the Prometheus fire simulation model. One of her … Continue reading

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Nelson forest fire puts Scion fire research in the spotlight

The major wildfire that has burned 2300 ha of forest and surrounding grassland at Pigeon Valley near Wakefield has resulted in much publicity for Scion’s rural fire research. Scion fire scientist Veronica Clifford worked as part of the Incident Management … Continue reading

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Nelson fire smoke forecast for Tuesday to Thursday

Scion has produced a further smoke model forecast for Tuesday (12th) through to Thursday (14th Feb.) for the Pigeon Valley forest fire near Wakefield, Nelson. Despite the fire being contained, large areas of fire activity and smouldering remain. Smoke hazard … Continue reading

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Latest Nelson fire smoke forecast

An updated smoke forecast has been produced for the Pigeon Valley fire near Nelson showing predicted smoke dispersion for today (Friday 8th) and tomorrow (Saturday 9th). This shows potential, if fire activity continues, for smoke hazard to impact Motueka and … Continue reading

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New smoke forecast for still active Nelson forest fire

The Pigeon Valley fire near Wakefield remains active, so a further smoke forecast has been produced. This latest forecast indicates smoke dispersion for overnight Thursday (7th) and Friday 8th February, and the influence of changing wind direction. If the latest flare-up … Continue reading

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Updated smoke forecast for Nelson fire

A second smoke forecast has been produced for the Pigeon Valley forest fire near Wakefield, Nelson. This provides an indication of where the smoke may go today and tomorrow. The smoke model run is for the fire burning in heavy … Continue reading

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Smoke forecast for Nelson forest fire

Scion has produced a forecast of smoke plume dispersal for the large forest fire burning in Pigeon Valley near Wakefield. The forecast was produced using the beta-version of a real-time smoke and fire spread prediction tool being developed by Scion’s … Continue reading

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UAV hotspot detection

The latest Rural Fire Research Update (Update #12) describes research to develop methods for detecting smouldering hotspots using Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hotspot detection has been done in the past either by hand or with the help of infrared (IR) … Continue reading

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Radio interview on extreme fire and climate change

Interest in wildfires and possible links with climate change is extremely high at present given the international wildfire situation, which includes devastating fires in Portugal, Greece, California and other parts of the world. Fire scientist Grant Pearce had the opportunity … Continue reading

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Smoke model testing using the 2015 Marlborough forest fires

The Scion Rural Fire Research team recently produced another Rural Fire Research Update glossy newsletter. Update #11 details testing of the BlueSky smoke modelling framework using three major forest fires that occurred in Marlborough during 2015. Smoke models are used … Continue reading

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