N.D. Wing provides FLIR images for rural firefight effort

April 14, 2015

North Dakota Wing FLIR footage shows hot spots from a rural fire south of Bismarck, as seen in a YouTube video NDflir_B8A24FE81AC70released by Burleigh County.
The North Dakota Wing used its Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imaging sensor to detect hot spots and provide imagery for the Burleigh County Rural Fire Department’s use in planning its response Monday and today to a fire south of Bismarck.

The wing conducted the FLIR flight last night. Still images of the burn area – estimated at 1,512 acres – were provided earlier Monday.

The North Dakota Wing is one of only two Civil Air Patrol wings with a FLIR sensor mounted on a plane. The Wyoming Wing is the other.

Last night’s mission marked the first time the wing has used the technology for firefighting support.

Along with the Fire Department, a Burleigh County Highway Department motor grader is also on scene, and a Black Hawk helicopter is providing air support.

The fire’s cause remains unknown.

 

This story was originally posted at http://www.capvolunteernow.com/news/?nd_wing_provides_flir_images_for_rural_firefight_effort&show=news&newsID=20079

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