PROJECT FIRE SCAN FIRE MAPPING FINAL REPORT, APRIL 1962 TO DECEMBER 1966. THE USE AND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OF INFRARED SCANNERS IN MAPPING WILDFIRES.
Forest Service research paper,
INTERMOUNTAIN FOREST AND RANGE EXPERIMENT STATION MISSOULA MONT NORTHERN FOREST FIRE LAB
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An airborne infrared line scanner sensitive to the 3- to 5-micron spectral region mapped 38 forest fires during the 1963, 1964, and 1966 fire seasons. The imagery obtained provided information about the fire perimeter, relative intensity of burning areas, and spot fire location under conditions when smoke or darkness prevented visual reconnaissance. This report describes the operational methods and equipment used, and gives many examples of imagery collected. It discusses the radiometric and electronic characteristics peculiar to fire-mapping applications. A unique dual Polaroid recording camera was developed to provide quickly available imagery for airdrop to fire headquarters. Author
- Infrared Detection and Detectors