Sonoma County’s cameras are part of the ALERTWildfire system, a network of about 746 cameras statewide that are linked by a common viewing platform coordinated by UC San Diego, the University of Oregon and the University of Nevada, Reno.
DHS S&T collaborated with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), FIRIS, Intterra, and the WIFIRE Lab at University of California-San Diego to provide training for 20 firefighters from Southern California wildfire response communities.
Where is the fire, how big is the fire, and where is the fire going? These three questions continue to be echoed today with incident commanders, fire chiefs, 911 dispatchers and most importantly, fire fighters on the ground.
Fire-predicting software can project how a fire could spread, even while it's still burning.
Looking across the WIFIRE Firemap, a satellite image map overlaid with terrain and access roads, Werle could instantly strategize exactly where to send his crew to get ahead of this fast-moving, simulated blaze, to practice for the real thing.
Stretched by longer, deadlier fire seasons, officials are using artificial intelligence to more closely track blazes and more judiciously steer resources. The Glass Fire in California’s wine country prompted mandatory evacuation orders for Calistoga, a city of more than 5,200.