Infrared scans used to map-out Assayii Lake Fire

Created: 06/19/2014 7:40 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There's an old saying it's good to plan the work, and work the plan. That's why at base camp Rob Beery, who retired professionally some time ago has the ability and resources to map-out a 13,000 acre fire, using infrared scans done by aircraft every night, and strategize where firefighters ought to set their priorities for the day.

 "A lot of times we can't see through the smoke,” said Beery. “This gives us a real accurate, very good picture."

For instance, on Thursday, now that the winds shifted and lessened, Beery knew exactly where the biggest trouble spots would be within eight inches of a flame.

Beery's ability to map an attack, and even forecast absolute worst case scenarios, gives the guys on the ground the strategy and the plan they need to work to win.

 "They're just so close ya know to getting the line completely around this whole thing.  Everything's done except this little corner right there," Beery said. 

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