Satellite designed to spot fires while still small

01/24/2014
University of California (UC) Berkeley scientists have designed the FUEGO (Fire Urgency Estimator in Geosynchronous Orbit) satellite, which, it says, can spot fires before they grow into large wildfires. The satellite, which uses state-of-the-art sensors and written analysis software to minimize false alarms, "could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few seconds in search of hot spots that could be newly ignited wildfires." According to Fire Expert Scott Stephens, a UC Berkeley associate professor of environmental science, policy and management, "Wildfires would be smaller in scale if you could detect them before they got too ...

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