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Ventura County Star: This plane flew Easy, Maria fires to give real-time intelligence to those fighting flames

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.