VIDEO: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is using first of its kind satellite technology with the goal of being the first to know when a wildfire sparks.
With the 2019 fire season underway, PG&E has launched their wildfire tracking system, using heat sensored satellite technology to better track wildfires.
According to the utility company's spokesperson, Paul Moreno, PG&E has devoted several years of testing and development to incorporate the wildfire detection and alert system. Just as Cal Fire and people who live in California have had to adapt to the "new normal" of devastating wildfires, so have they.
"It’s all about safety, keeping our customers in our community safe," Moreno said. "We’ve entered a new age for wildfires in California. We’ve had many years of drought and very long fire seasons over very long periods of no precipitation that have created some very dangerous fire conditions in California so we want to be able to utilize whatever tools we have available to us to help us prevent and help us identify early on any wildfires so they can be stopped."