Every morning, Sanne Esque, a pilot for the Florida Forest Service, flies her single-engine Cessna 182 over south-central Florida looking for wildfires. From her plane, she can see where a fire is going and help an incident commander identify the resources that will be needed and the areas that are at risk.
Her vantage point allows her to see a fire from beginning to end, says Lucien Deaton, manager of the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities Programs in NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division. It also gives her an appreciation of all the ground work that goes into fighting a wildland fire—a perspective appreciated by too few residents, who are primarily concerned with an immediate fire service response when fire threatens their property.
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