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Fire research again in the media

The Scion fire programme was again in the media during April, with two articles featuring the team’s research. The first was part of a feature in the Otago Daily Times, on the likelihood of more frequent wildfires like that in … Continue reading

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Research team completes more stubble burns

Scion’s Fire team, together with the University of Canterbury, successfully conducted a number of experimental burns over the past two weeks in crop stubble vegetation. The burns build on the data collected in similar fuels back in March 2018. The … Continue reading

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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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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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