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In the Eye of the Fire - 360° video

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Published on May 29, 2019

Putting a camera close to a fire wasn't good enough for NIST researchers, so they created a camera system that can take 360-degree video from WITHIN a fire.The New Jersey Forest Fire Service, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, conducts prescribed forest management burns there as part of a fuel reduction plan

This video shows a forest fire that spreads from treetop to treetop, called a crown fire. The video has been sped up as the fire approaches and leaves the field of view but plays in real time as the fire pass by the camera. The video was captured using a water-cooled glass enclosure developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to protect 360° cameras in fires. For more information and additional 360° fire videos visit the 360-Degree Video in Fire Research project webpage. The burn was performed in conjunction with work by researchers from the University of Edinburgh's Fire Safety Engineering program to study ember generation and transport.

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