Canadian Forest Service Publications

Georeferencing Oblique Aerial Wildfire Photographs: An Untapped Source of Fire Behaviour Data

Year: 2021

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40835

Language: English

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ fire4040081

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Abstract

In this study, we investigate a novel application of the photogrammetric monoplotting technique for assessing wildfires. We demonstrate the use of the software program WSL Monoplotting Tool (MPT) to georeference operational oblique aerial wildfire photographs taken during airtanker response in the early stages of fire growth. We located the position of the fire front in georeferenced pairs of photos from five fires taken 31–118 min apart, and calculated the head fire spread distance and head fire rate of spread (HROS). Our example photos were taken 0.7 to 4.7 km from fire fronts, with camera angles of incidence from