Rapid Wildfire Detection

 

Because Smaller Fires are Easier to Control

The FIREBird system is the only system designed specifically to provide rapid wildfire detection of very small wildfires. Its unique approach is well suited for fire detection along roads, power lines, and wildland-urban interfaces.

  • 90% of all wildfires in the US occur within ½ mile of a road (1)
  • Fires started by power lines average 10x larger than other fires (2)
  • At least 1/3 of Americans live in a wildland urban interface (3)

The result? Faster fire response after ignition, and smaller fires to contain.

Wildfires caused by power lines average 10x larger
Most wildfires occur with 1/2 mile of a road

BOUNDARY PROTECTION IS CRITICAL

Detection from a distance is often too late

Many wildfires start along rights-of-way or easements – like those associated with electric utility lines and roadways – where sparks and heat sources are a regular threat.

Neighborhoods adjoining fuel-rich wildland can be especially susceptible to quickly spreading wildfires.

The unique risks associated with these boundaries call for special  wildfire detection methods that can sense fires almost immediately after ignition, maximizing response time and minimizing fire size.

THE FIREBird SYSTEM

Optimized for small fires

When placed along critical boundaries, the FIREBird system provides continuous wildfire detection of fires as small as 3’x3’ (1m x1m) . The FIREBird system is ideal for protecting any arbitrary property border.

Wildfire detection is completely self-contained and autonomous. Notification of a detected fire is performed automatically without the need for additional staff.

Small wildfires are detected quickly by the FIREBird system
Fast wildfire detection is achieved by continuous 360 degree monitoring

MORE THAN JUST FIRE DETECTION

A complete solution

Each FIREBird device provides:

  • Continuous, 360-degree, monitoring provided by 14 wildfire-specific thermal detectors and optical cameras
  • Continuous measurement of fire-critical weather data including windspeed, wind direction, temperature and humidity
  • Right-of-way condition monitoring
  • Self-contained cellular AND satellite communications
  • Integrated web reporting

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How can you prevent a fire from becoming massively destructive?

Detect fires when they are small

Small fires can be quickly extinguished using fewer fire fighting resources.

When a fire is noticed by people at a distance, it is likely too late.

Fire Timeline Without Early Detection

Based on an actual event, this fire started about 18 minutes before it was reported. At that time, it was one-acre in size.

In the 21 minutes that it took fire fighting resources to arrive, prevailing weather and terrain resulted in a fire that had spread to 100 acres.

Fire Startup Timeline & Initial Spreading

Fire Timeline With Early Detection

Early detection and notification of a small fire shortly after ignition can recover lost time.

Mathematic modeling predicts that fire fighters could have arrived to a more easily contained 2-acre fire with early detection.

Fire Startup Timeline & Initial Spreading

Why FIREBird?

FIREBird continuously monitors the surrounding area, detecting very small fires up to 400 feet away and detecting larger fires out to ½ mile.

The system provides immediate notification by email and text to designated persons or groups.

Real-time photos of detected fires can be viewed from your laptop or mobile device.

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