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Spotting a wildfire early can help fire departments put it out sooner, keeping the fire smaller and more manageable in many cases.  An article in the San Francisco Gatespoke about new camera systems that are monitored by the Marin County Fire Department to spot wildfires in the area.  According to the article, eight California counties now have cameras such as these mounted on top of peaks and towers to aid in the detection of wildfires.  These new “camera lookouts” supplement manned watch towers.  The benefit of utilizing the cameras is that they can be posted in more remote areas where fires are difficult to detect.
Inanother article from Butte County, California, the cameras are beneficial because they can provide 24 hour coverage 7 days a week.  They can scan up to 15 miles in any direction and they can pinpoint the location of the fire which provides for rapid response time.
According to the article, “In the event of a fire, Chief Officers can go online and switch to a live video mode, to zoom into the location of the smoke. They'll help determine how significant a fire is and how to allocate resources.”
Early detection of wildfires is important to manage the size of the fire to minimize losses.  Implementing Firewise changes to your home and landscape is another important a defense to minimize loss to wildfire.  Do you know how to make change that can make a difference?  Visit the Firewise website to learn more about how you can act to insure that we all have a Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire.</p>