We describe emission-transmission measurements performed at different heights in a flame from a cylindrical forest fuel burner, using a camera operating in the thermal infrared (7.5-13 µm). The forest fuel burner was made of a cylindrical wire mesh basket filled with a forest fuel (Pinus pinaster needles), which was ignited at the base of the basket. Three diameters of basket were used (20, 28 and 40 cm). Heat release rates, as calculated from weighing of the basket and heat of combustion of the fuel, ranged between 50 and 170 kW and flame heights ranged between 1 and 2m. The emission-transmission device allows the determination of the transmittance of the flame and of a radiometric temperature. We show that radiation was dominated by soot in the spectral range of the camera, but that radiation from gaseous products of the combustion was not negligible. Using the Mie theory in its Rayleigh limit, we deduced some average volume fractions of soot from the measurements, which peaked at 6.8 x 10-6 in the persistent region of the flame. Then the total extinction coefficient and the total emissivity of the flame due to soot were calculated according to a standard method. Measured transmittance, soot volume fraction, total extinction coefficient and total emissivity were found to scale with the normalised height of measurement Z, defined as the ratio of the height of measurement to the height of the flame (0.25 < Z < 1.6). © IAWF 2007. Reproduced from the International Journal of Wildland Fire (Jean-Luc Dupuy, et al., 2007) with the kind permission of CSIRO PUBLISHING on behalf of the International Association of Wildland Fire.