See Through Smoke with Uncooled Thermal Camera — Forest Fire Captured in LWIR Thermal Infrared

Uncooled thermal infrared images of a wildfire in the East Kootenay region of BC, Canada from September 1, 2017. The video shows aerial firefighting with both helicopters and airtankers.

Captured from over 7km away, the thermal infrared imaging depicts the heat in the scene, with the camera continually adjusting the image so that the hottest object in the scene shows as white and the coldest object in the scene shows as black. Our thermal imaging is incredibly effective at being able to see through the smoke to reveal the heat waves and hot spots of the forest fire. For a side-by-side comparison with what a visible camera sees in this situation, see the Visible vs Thermal Wildfire Side-by-Side Comparison video.

This video was captured with a LWIR VOx thermal camera using a 100mm lens.