Orange County Approves Funds for Aircraft to Monitor Wildfires

Orange County Board of Supervisors accepted a $4.5-million state grant that will fund a 150-day pilot program for a fixed-wing aircraft that will monitor area wildfires, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Firefighters will have access to video and images shot by the aircraft’s infrared cameras within five minutes of its arrival over a site.

Images obtained by the aircraft will inform the data-based computer models developed by the WIFIRE Lab at UC San Diego.

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