This early wildfire warning system is designed to predict when human-caused blazes could occur. Researchers from the University of British Columbia developed the system to address Spring wildfires. The "spring burning window" takes place after snow melts and new green plants emerge and is acknowledged as the most dangerous time for human-caused wildfires in Alberta and BC's boreal forests.
The wildfire warning system uses satellite imagery of vegetation, which enables researchers to monitor moisture levels in leaves and other fuel sources, and therefore, forecast wildfire risk. UBC's forestry faculty postdoctoral fellow Paul Pickell states "By tracking greening vegetation, which is a reliable proxy for moisture content, we can predict the risk of a human-caused wildfire with 10-day accuracy by the end of March."
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