Hundreds of cameras line western states, saving lives by watching fires

  • Source: KTVN-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas
  • Published: 11/06/2019 12:00 AM

As the California wildfires rage through the state, crucial technology is being used to monitor the fires -- technology that started in Nevada. On the Nevada Fire Info website, there is a link to live cameras that offer a real-time look at most western states. Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Lab at UNR, says the cameras initially started in Nevada 6 years ago and have since grown. Now, there are about 300 in California with the goal of getting up to 1,000. In Nevada, there are about 30 cameras, with plans to add about 20 more by the summer of 2020 thanks to NV Energy and the Bureau of Land Management. Two of those are in Southern Nevada and offer a nearly complete view of the valley. The cameras are used to assess the severity of fires when calls initially come in.


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