How Firefighters Detect “Hot Spots”

June 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM 1 comment

I just watched a report about the Waldo Canyon Fire on my local

about how firefighters detect “hot spots.”

Want to know how they do it?  I did. Given the Flagstaff fire, I was listening.

Is it via infrared cameras?  No.  Eyeglasses or sensors that detect embers embedded in the ash?  No. A wand they move over the ground like a Geiger counter?  No.

They put their freakin’ hand on the ground to see if it’s hot.

And 9News was so impressed.


Really?  REALLY?



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  • 1. JC for pennies  |  June 30, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    It’s definitely not high tech. All this money for drone technology to kill people. You’d think they’d have more for civilian safety. But at least you now have the “hot shot” crew there. That may be the ONLY good thing! Along with old-fashioned grit and determination.

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