Georgia Burn

In early January, the DroneFire team accompanied Dr. Seielstad's Prescribed Fire Practicum to the state of Georgia. Students learned hands-on prescribed burning techniques, providing the DroneFire team an excellent opportunity to image fire and fire effects from the air via Unammed Aerial Systems (UAS). Images and videos were gathered in both true-color and thermal infrared to characterize a myriad of fuel conditions and combustions. This image was taken with the Inspire 1 Pro UAS equipped with the Zenmuse X5 camera, which gives centimeter-resolution imagery of the fuelbed and ensuing combustion processes. Here, DroneFire team members light off a patch of fuel near on-the-ground heat flux packages, which are designed to characterize heat change through time as the fire's flaming front advances through vegetation. DroneFire scientists, such as PhD student Dan Jimenez, hope to correlate data from the heat flux packages with aerial images of the fire. Photo by Tim Wallace and Natasha Bartha; image editing by Dylan DesRosier.