Lubrecht Prescribed Fire Monitoring
The DroneFire team flew a drone over a recently-burned section of UM’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest in the Blackfoot Valley, MT. Drones are useful tools for monitoring fire effects, for example examining differences between burned (A) and unburned forest (B), as can be seen in the photo above. Drones give researchers very high-resolution imagery that can be used to plan for and characterize forest management activities. For example, in section A of the photo, we can visually infer that trees experienced charring. However, when "zooming in" on an image with ultra-high resolution, scientists can measure small details in fuels. In addition, note how the meandering fire line in the middle of the image (C) created a successful boundary constraining the fire's limits.