Wildland Fire and Weather Monitoring: Saving Lives with Top Technologies
Combating wildland fires isn’t for the faint of heart. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, over 1,100 people have died from wildfires in the last 100 years. In the last 10 years, 34,607 wildlife fires were reported over 2,932,334 acres.
Firefighters are one of a community’s greatest assets, and Kestrel Fire Weather Meters can help save more lives while offering monitoring to successfully manage wildland fires.
When working with the Kestrel Fire Weather Meters, firefighters have confidence that the instrument accurately measures all critical weather variables and is durable enough to take the heat on a fire line. This life-saving instrument is usable in many real-life scenarios, with wildland fires being managed near suburban homes and even out in vast, rugged terrain.
Putting Kestrel Wildland Fire and Weather Monitoring to the Test
There are highly trained and skilled firefighters using Kestrel meters around the world, including those battling the blazes of Rocky Mountain National Park. Three months after the fire ignited, firefighters successfully created a buffer to prevent further spreading.
By using their skills, training, and the Kestrel fire meter, the firefighters devised a burnout plan by reporting current weather and wind information and acting accordingly.
Although these firefighters have years of training under their belts, even novices can use a Kestrel Fire Weather Meter. It’s easy to use and one of the most valuable tools that firefighters have to battle blazes.
Using Kestrel Wildland Fire and Weather Monitoring Devices
Kestrel Fire Weather Meters are one of the most trusted devices on the market for fire-fighting. The device is designed to measure weather variables that matter most when fighting wildlife fires such as wind, relative humidity, temperature, and built-in advanced calculations for Probability of Ignition (PIG) and Fine Dead Fuel Moisture (FDFM).
In fact, lab testing found Kestrel Meter RH Measurement to be more accurate than traditional sling psychrometric. We made a video showing how the testing was done:
The Kestrel Fire Weather line includes the following monitoring and data logging units:
- Kestrel DROP D3FW, which conveniently hangs in areas to record 24-hour temperature and humidity levels and imported to a mobile device.
- Kestrel 3500FW, calculating wind speed, temperature, humidity, and pressure meter.
- Kestrel 5500FW Pro, offering immediate weather data for firefighting activity in wildland settings. While using this device with LiNK wireless communication and Portable Vane Mount, it creates a complete Hazmat weather kit.
- Kestrel 5400FW Pro, that measures WBGT for heat stress monitoring and includes a Vane Mount that fits any standard tripod for getting wind direction.
Reliable, Dependable Wildland Firefighting in the Palm of Your Hand
Wildland fires can quickly escalate out of control, and even the most experienced firefighters in the industry can use this tool to control the blaze and save lives. From fires in the Rockies to the wildlands of Alaska, Kestrel fire meters will help control wildland fires with amazing accuracy.