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Newsom Checks in on Local CAL FIRE Air Attack Base

Governor Gavin Newsom paid a visit to the Grass Valley Air Attack Base last week to learn about the cutting-edge technology now used to fight wildfires.

Innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and drones identify threats faster and deploy resources in a safer and smarter way, according to Battalion Chief David Krussow.

Infrared mounted cameras on aircraft provide video and data to create a real-time fire computer modeling of where that emerging fire is expected to move, according to Krussow.

“It pins the exact location of the fire and makes a computer model that shows up on my phone,” Krussow said. “It shows where that fire is expected to move in the next three hours depending on wind, topography, canyons and hills.”


Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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