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July 4th, 2013 at 8:00 am

FireWatch – wildfire early warning possible with space sensors

Colorado wildfire

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Colorado wildfires that are still raging and have devastated tens of thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes, bringing calls for the marshaling of local, state and federal resources to combat the infernos.

 

 

In the Waldo Canyon blaze alone, hundreds of firefighters fought the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history. The out-of-control blaze, at its peak, forced the evacuation of 32,000 people.

One potential tool that could help in early and automated detection of future conflagrations is based on space sensor know-how. The FireWatch early warning detection system is based on technology honed by the German Aerospace Institute. Over several years, the institute has collected experience in fire monitoring using different platforms and assorted sensors.

Via Space.com

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