Journal article

Quantifying merging fire behaviour phenomena using unmanned aerial vehicle technology

Alexander Filkov, Brett Cirulis, Trent Penman

International Journal of Wildland Fire | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020


Catastrophic wildfires are often a result of dynamic fire behaviours. They can cause rapid escalation of fire behaviour, increasing the danger to ground-based emergency personnel. To date, few studies have characterised merging fire behaviours outside the laboratory. The aim of this study was to develop a simple, fast and accurate method to track fire front propagation using emerging technologies to quantify merging fire behaviour at the field scale. Medium-scale field experiments were conducted during April 2019 on harvested wheat fields in western Victoria, Australia. An unmanned aerial vehicle was used to capture high-definition video imagery of fire propagation. Twenty-one junction and f..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre 'Determining threshold conditions for extreme fire behaviour' project. We thank John McKinnon for providing access to his farmland for the experiments.