California Firefighters Use AI to Battle Wildfires

When a wildfire erupted in the middle of a recent California night, it could have been a disaster.

But thanks to a new monitoring system that uses artificial intelligence to scan for danger, firefighters were able to quell the blaze long before it got out of hand.

“It was less than a quarter acre,” Captain Kris Yeary of Cal Fire told AFP.

“Had the AI not alerted us to it, it could have gotten much bigger.”

Yeary, who is responsible for organizing firefighting over an area that includes Mount Laguna, around 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of San Diego, sprang into action around 3am on August 5 after a call from colleagues at a command center.

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