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.
Newsweek: California Wildfire Season Is Already Worst on Record, and October-November Season Hasn't Even Started
In California, large fires do often occur in late summer—as has occurred this year. But in past years, most of the deadliest and most destructive blazes have tended to come toward the end of the dry season.
Of all the deadly ramifications of climate change, wildfires might be the most immediate. Though humans start most fires, hotter and drier conditions have led to longer “fire seasons” and a higher number of blazes that spread farther and faster.
The [Southern California Edison] camera installation was done in partnership with UC San Diego, the University of Oregon and the University of Nevada, Reno. The utility owns the equipment and feeds the images into the wider, university-run network, AlertWildfire.