Learn a New Way to Sample Wildland Fuel Loadings: the Photoload Technique
Media Type: Webinar
Distribution Contact(s):
  • Signe B. Leirfallom
    US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Northern Rockies Fire Science Network
Date: February 18, 2020

Cataloging Information

  • fuel inventory
  • fuel load
  • fuel loading
  • fuel sampling
  • Photoload
  • surface fuel
  • woody fuels
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: February 19, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 60737


Wildland fire researchers and fire managers need better estimates of surface fuel loadings but getting accurate estimates takes time and resources. A relatively new fuel sampling system, called the photoload sampling technique, has been developed to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six surface fuel components using downward-looking photographs that depict graduated fuel loadings. The user simply matches the fuel loading conditions observed on the ground with conditions portrayed in a set of graduated photographs. In this webinar you will learn how to use the photoload technique. Materials are available to teach photoload to others, to calibrate photoload visual estimates to improve accuracy, and to create photoloads of your own.

Recording Length: 0:39:50
Online Link(s):
Link to this recording (Streaming; YouTube)
Link to this recording (175 MB; mp4)