Forward-Looking Infrared Camera Capture Wildfire Approaching Tahoe Basin

Forward-Looking Infrared Camera Capture Wildfire Approaching Tahoe Basin

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Forward-Looking Infrared Camera Capture Wildfire Approaching Tahoe Basin

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One of the two thermal cameras in place for the Caldor Fire shows active flames heading into the Lake Tahoe Basin with a dozen or more spot fires already established.

“The FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera located on the tower on the top of Heavenly Ski Resort allows the fire to be monitored through the heavy smoke and provides early identification of spot fires, helping firefighters to respond appropriately.” –Graham Kent Director of the Nevada Seismological Lab & University of Nevada, Reno Lead of  ALERTWildfire Program 

YubaNet reports evacuations are now underway in parts of the South Lake Tahoe area

“With only zero to quarter-mile visibility from the thick smoke, firefighters can’t get close to the fire with aircraft and can’t follow the progress of the fire to mount an attack. These two cameras should give a good view through the smoke for fire managers. It’s important to identify early any spot fires that jump ahead of the main fire or the fire front as it changes direction.”

ALERTWildfire crews from the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and DigitalPath, a wireless Internet service provider based in Chico, California, installed the second camera Friday, Aug. 27 at Angel’s Roost at the top of the Heavenly Mountain Resort overlooking the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Sierra Nevada to the west. MORE INFO HERE.

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