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Early intervention in wildfires using swarms of drones

Suggested by Jeremy Burton for Unmet Needs on Sep 1, 2021

Upvoted by Merrick ClarkBA Ben Autrey Brett WischowAS Andrew Stapleton Michael Nwogugu

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Tim Connors core team
5 months ago

Co-Founder & Founding Investor @ Platform Venture Studio

we have 150 trees per acre vs 50 decades ago. too much density. forests are mostly fed govt owned. allow logging to get back to 50, and then provide these trees free if used for affordable housing. trees on the stump are 20% of cost of lumber. would make it cheaper to build affordable housing, and all that carbon is then encapsulated in buildings vs being burnt in fires. https://gvwire.com/2020/09/15/california-forests-80-600-denser-than-150-years-ago-uc-researcher-says-biomass-is-one-of-the-answers/

BA
5 months ago

@ USA Payment Services

so some people like to hike in the back country. i like to take my work truck and go logging.


i found out the both the BLM and USFS thin out the forests and create large burn piles. i asked about them, "can i go take some logs from your burn piles?". i kid you not, their answer was, "absolutely not. we pay a lot of money to create those burn piles".


me: "but you are going to burn them, correct?"

them: "yes..."


agree both on the forest mgmt aspect and the opportunity to create something useful from the resource.


Jeremy Burton core team
5 months ago

CEO / Founder @ Platform

Agreed but not an either-or IMO.

Stopping carbon emissions and proper forest management are definitely the long-term solutions.

Instead, Iā€™m talking about a mitigation solution that can be deployed in the short-term, accepting that wildfires will start but that, if they can be detected and extinguished quickly, the damage will be much less.

BH
Blake Hackett core team
5 months ago

Senior Recruiter @ Anaplan

Hi! I was thinking about this idea last weekend. I recall these things being relatively good as small arms fire early warning systems when I was deployed. Wonder if you could train clusters of drones attached to the aerostat to swarm early fires and self destruct around the perimeter of the fire, painting it with fire retardant.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/JLENS


A potential issue is the sensitivity of folks in the vicinity of these systems. For example, cannabis growers up north might be hard to convince.

Lissette Arias core team
5 months ago

Head Of Design at Platform Venture Studio @ Platform Venture Studio


šŸ‘‹šŸ‘‹šŸ‘‹ Hi Blake!!

BA
5 months ago

@ USA Payment Services

for what it is worth, i did some statistical analysis for the state of CA through a contractor in 2003 - my last year in school - as part of my honors thesis in statistics. there were 17 devastating fires that burned in CA that year. here is one of the two publications that came out of that project: https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/64311/959_ftp.pdf?sequence=1


i cant find the other one.


the main concern at the time was the region of forested area called the Wildland-Urban Interface, i.e. the forested areas where there were homes that were at high-risk for being destroyed in a fire. it could be that the agencies would be much more interested in protecting/mitigating those areas opposed to protecting/mitigating forest fires generally.

Lissette Arias core team
5 months ago

Head Of Design at Platform Venture Studio @ Platform Venture Studio