Satellite Imagery for Bushfire Threat Analysis

Satellite Imagery for Bushfire Threat Analysis

Satellite imagery and computer technology provide valuable tools for our fire-fighters. These resources provide a dynamic wildfire threat analysis and the public also has access to some of these tools.
The increasing expansion of the suburban sprawl into bushlands and forests creates increased bushfire risks for families.
Some of these valuable risk management tools/resources are highlighted for you.

A New Paradigm in Wildfire Combat

A New Paradigm in Wildfire Combat

Over the past 10 years, Australia, Canada and now the US are experiencing their worst wildfires in recorded history. Despite having access to state-of-the art technology, the civil, political and military leadership in each country failed to analyse, adapt and evolve to the increasing drought, wildfire and pyro-terrorism threat.


It is time to deploy better life-saving equipment to reduce deaths and injuries. Widespread destruction of our native fauna and flora are not in our environmental or national interests.
Failure to invest in new strategies and equipment will trash our national treasuries and ‘burn’ all funding for vital social and infrastructure projects.

California Wildfires: Preparation for massive fuel reduction operation

California is purchasing equipment in a wildfire fuel reduction effort to minimize fire intensity this coming summer.

Log chippers, mobile sawmills, portable incinerators, and other equipment has been purchased to remove some of the nearly 30 million trees that now stand dead across the state, killed by drought and insects.

The latest weather forecast modelling from the US National Interagency Coordination Center [NICC] provides the latest wildfire forecasts for June, July and August 2016.  

Significant Wildfire Potential Outlook - July 2016

Fuel reduction programs like this provide a critical first stage of wildfire risk management.
Fuel + Oxygen + Heat + Chain Reaction all form part of the Fire Tetrahedron.

In this definition of the Fire Tetrahedron, courtesy of the Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Fighters Association;

"The four elements are oxygen to sustain combustion, sufficient heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature, fuel or combustible material and subsequently an exothermic chemical chain reaction in the material. Each of the four sides of the fire tetrahedron symbolize the Fuel, Heat, Oxygen and Chemical Chain Reaction. Fire extinguishers put out a fire by taking away one or more elements of the fire tetrahedron."

Without large reserves of fuel, the risk of mega-fires firestorms will be significantly reduced.

Canada: Alberta Wildfire - Massive Evacuation at Fort McMurray

Canada: Alberta Wildfire - Massive Evacuation at Fort McMurray

The massive Fort McMurray wildfire forces residents to flee through corridors of flames in May 2016

How the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire May Shutdown Victoria

How the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire May Shutdown Victoria

Following the Victorian 2009 Black Saturday Bushfire catastrophe, various recommendations were made by the Royal Commission to mitigate the effects of future bushfire events.

Unfortunately, very few of the recommendations have been applied.

In the 2013 – 2014 bushfire season, severe bushfires broke out all across Australia, including WA, NT, QLD, NSW and VIC.

This intelligence estimate focusses upon the recent Hazelwood Coal Mine fire near Morwell, Victoria. This facility is a Vital Asset.

Fighting bushfires in Australia Pt 4: Lessons from the Middle East

Fighting bushfires in Australia Pt 4: Lessons from the Middle East

Many Australians still believe that we live in the Clever Country. Despite living in the driest continent, we are still not using even these most basic constructions to water our own country. Meanwhile, ancient Middle Eastern peoples adapted and embraced new technologies that provide a super-abundance of water. Today they thrive as economic powerhouses – nations like the United Arab Emirates [UAE].

Fighting Bush Fires in Australia Pt 3: Building a Safer Bush Fire Future

Fighting Bush Fires in Australia Pt 3: Building a Safer Bush Fire Future

With hundreds of firefighters battling devastating blazes in Perth and dozens of houses being razed, Captain Graham Bates looks at how community fire refuges and better house design can save lives during bushfires.

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 2: Lessons from Remembrance Day

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 2: Lessons from Remembrance Day

Australia must learn from the Diggers and treat firefighting like war, says Captain Graham Bates, where modern state-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date tactics enable rapid responses to every threat.

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 1: Lessons from 1918

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 1: Lessons from 1918

Bushfires are causing Australia unsustainable losses in lives and assets, much of it preventable if our fire brigades had the best equipment. Captain Graham Bates has a plan.

Will Fire-fighters be Affected by The Global Financial Crisis?

Will Fire-fighters be Affected by The Global Financial Crisis?

We still need money for equipment, wages and supplies for our fire-fighting services - don't we? So, if there could be any effects - perhaps we should identify and prioritise them.

Armoured Strike Teams

Armoured Strike Teams

Can we apply war-fighting doctrine to fire-fighting operations? Perhaps it is time to offer our 21st Century fire-fighters, similar innovations that offer protection levels appropriate to their threat levels.

How Aerosol Soot and Ash Can Increase Ice & Snow Melts

How Aerosol Soot and Ash Can Increase Ice & Snow Melts

This latest research shows that Black Carbon is second only to carbon dioxide as a major contributor to Climate Change. It is having a significant effect within our Cryosphere

The Water Cycle & Wildfire Risk

The Water Cycle & Wildfire Risk

Understanding the world's water cycle - Water is the key to our personal and community survival, and before we can protect ourselves and our families, we need to protect our environment.

The Fire Triangle

The Fire Triangle

Fire, it's one of the greatest tools used to benefit human development but only when we control it. Without control, fire is one of the most destructive forces that humankind has ever encountered.

To better understand what methods we may use to limit such destructive power, we must first separate fire into its 3 main components - air, heat and fuel.