Wildfires

  • EM Quantum Technology
Rampant fires are breaking out in California. With over 650 homes destroyed and 90,000 acres of forest burned to the ground, firefighters are turning to drones for help. As the 12 day-old fire spreads, first responders are using drones to gauge and map the progress of the spreading flames. Drones are especially useful for gathering data to assess damage, in addition to locating injured and missing people. Fire fighters in the U.S. and Europe are using drones more and more to fight fires in buildings and locate hotspots and trapped victims. Whether in a remote or populated area, a drone can get closer to the dangerous parts of a fire than any other existing technology.

The best assessment of the wildfire comes from combining data disseminated from drones with the weather forecast. Since igniting July 13, 2018, more than 3,500 firefighters have been able to contain only 30% of the now 16 active fires. The death toll has risen, with the latest three fatalities a grandmother and her two grandchildren. The cause of the fires is as of now unknown, but the authorities believe that they were started deliberately. The state has suffered a severe drought over the last five years, causing widespread burning as the flames consume the parched hillsides of Northern California. Let’s hope for a quick end to this disaster.