Kestrel Fire Fighters in the Field

Reliable, Accurate, and Consistent Weather Monitoring for Firefighters

Weather has a very impactful effect on both starting and sustaining fires. Wind, temperature and humidity are all important factors to take into consideration. The Kestrel Weather Meter 2016 Fire Line includes lifesaving and important features such as Probability of Ignition (PIG) and Fine Dead Fuel Moisture (FDFM) which saves time and ensures consistency of readings between emergency professionals.

KESTREL DROP D3FW
Fire Weather Monitor

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KESTREL 3500FW
Fire Weather Meter

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KESTREL 5500FW
Fire Weather Meter Pro

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KESTREL 5400FW
Fire Weather Meter Pro WBGT

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Fighting Fire with Knowledge

Fire fighters need accurate, timely and current situational awareness in order to respond effectively to any fire hazard they face. Weather conditions are unpredictable and can cause a bad situation to get worse if you are not tracking the latest conditions. Wind speed and direction, temperature and humidity are factors fire fighters take into consideration especially when digging firelines.

The Kestrel line now includes a full range of meters and loggers, including models with built-in Probability of Ignition (PIG) and Fine Dead Fuel Moisture (FDFM) readings. Wireless data transfer to smart phones and tablets using Kestrel LiNK™ makes communicating real-time conditions easier than ever. Heat stress prediction models help keep personnel safe when working in extreme hot weather conditions.

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Taking Weather Observations

High and low wind speeds, temperature, humidity and altitude are all important factors to take into consideration when faced with a wild fire. It is important to know the surrounding conditions to understand how a fire is evolving. The new PRO line of Kestrel Fire Weather Meters measures these variables and allows you to communicate with your team detailed data reports using the free Kestrel LINK app. Eliminate errors with these meters by having the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Probability of Ignition (PIG) and Fine Dead Fuel Moisture (FDFM) tables built right in. The PRO models even data log all your readings so you have immediate trend information at your fingertips.

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Controlled Burns

Controlled or prescribed burning is an important technique used in forest management and farming to reduce fuel buildup and decrease the likelihood of serious hotter fires. Since future weather is uncertain it’s important to gather all the necessary readings you can to monitor while conducting these burns. Wind speed, wind gust, average wind, temperature and humidity are all measurements you can take with the new Kestrel DROP D3FW Fire Data loggers. These meters can be left on site to record days of round-the-clock temperature and humidity readings and then can be viewed on a mobile device. This allows you to gather adequate weather information on the day before and the day of a burn. Fuel will not burn when wet and will not burn adequately when relative humidity is too high. Fire control becomes difficult when relative humidity is too low. Now you can take the guess work out of these important factors and manage the burn site to ensure that a fire does not get out of control.

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Heat Stress Prevention

During the hot summer, risks of heat stress increase exponentially for wildland firefighters when working in extreme conditions. Fire fighters must take into consideration the added impact of wearing heavy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on heat stress. Temperature is not the sole indicator of heat stress. You must take into consideration the heat stress in direct sunlight which takes into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover to give you a reading of how hot it really feels. The Kestrel Fire Weather Meter PRO with WBGT is an all-inclusive weather station with a heat stress indicator to keep fire fighters and emergency personnel safe when working outside. This meter has pre-programmed ACGIH guidelines and alert settings to indicate when conditions have become extremely unsafe which makes it the ultimate tool for safety of your team.

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