Air Attack platforms have been around for many years. These aircraft serve a vital role in coordinating airstrikes, as well as directing firefighters on the ground as to where they need to intervene to stop wildfires from spreading. But with the FIRIS platform, air attack rises to a whole new level of effectiveness.
California fire crews abandon hand-drawn maps for up-to-date information on phones to track and extinguish blazes faster.
The WIFIRE team take long shifts, sometimes working 24/7 in order to monitor evolving fires.
Fighting fires such as the Copper Fire and the Palisades Fire, which covered 42 acres in Los Angeles, is not entirely left to firefighters. Using technology from the San Diego Computer Center at UC San Diego, firefighters can strategize knowing where fires will spread, convenient when resources are limited.
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Called the Fire Integrated Real-time Intelligence System, or FIRIS, it combines the fixed-wing aircraft with UC San Diego's WIFIRE supercomputer. The plane takes off at the first sign of smoke and maps the fire's perimeter within minutes of getting above it, said Chief Brian Fennessy of the Orange County Fire Authority, which manages the program.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that he appointed two San Diego County residents to the state’s recently created California Wildfire Safety Advisory Board.