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The New York Times: How Artificial Intelligence Is Fighting Wildfires

By Jill Cowan

  • July 15, 2021, 8:55 a.m. ET

"Good morning.

In 2003, Dr. Ilkay Altintas, a computer scientist with the University of California, San Diego, had her first wildfire encounter. She had been in Santa Barbara for a workshop and couldn’t take the train home.

“The track was gone,” she recalled this week.

So she hitched a ride with a colleague. She remembers seeing the ocean on one side of her and fire on the other as they drove. “It was like heaven and hell.”