By on March 22, 2020

Today’s Coloring Sheet: Signaling

The Photograph:

Each coloring sheet is created from a real photograph. This photograph was taken by an amazing photographer named Kari Greer. She is contracted by the federal land management agencies in the United States of America to document wildland fire incidents throughout the country.

Trinity Ridge (West) Fire, Idaho City, Idaho, Boise National Forest, August, 2012; Black Mountain Hotshots; using a signal mirror to flash the pilot to locate sling site

Converted image:

We hope you enjoyed coloring your sheet. How does it compare to the photo above? Does the photo make you think differently about the picture? Did you use different colors? We can’t wait to see everyone’s finished coloring, so be sure to share below or on social media (with your parent’s permission, of course)!

Trinity Ridge (West) Fire, Idaho City, Idaho, Boise National Forest, August, 2012

What is going on in this photo?

Aircraft are used regularly during wildland fire management, from helicopters transporting personnel and supplies (or doing bucket drops), to air tankers and lead planes dropping fire retardant and scouting the fire’s edge. Sometimes when pilots are up above, it’s hard to see specific details on the ground, especially when there are a lot of trees. That’s when firefighters need to help the pilot navigate to understand what’s on the ground. To do that, they often use a signal mirror, like the one in the coloring sheet. Here is a video from the U.S. Coast Guard that shows how a signal mirror works:

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