Watch: Aerial ignition operation on the Preston Fire west of Pelican Narrows | Saskatoon StarPhoenix
This video provided by the Saskatchewan government was taken over an aerial ignition operation on the Preston Fire west of Pelican Narrows on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Aerial ignition is a technique used by wildland firefighters to remove fuel between a wildfire and a natural barrier, like a lake or river, or a constructed fireguard or retardant line. A large wildfire can burn with considerable momentum, and may jump such an obstacle but, by igniting smaller fires close to the barrier and removing the fuel in front of the fire, firefighters can slow or stop the main wildfire’s progress in that area.
You can see the line of ignition points along the lakeshore, and part of the Preston Fire in the background. The smaller fires burn toward the Preston Fire, removing its fuel and slowing its progress.
This successful operation helped to secure part of the eastern flank of the fire, reducing the threat to the community.