New Mexico has a new tool that could help crews get an early jump on any wildfires that might break out.
The State Forestry Division will be getting real-time alerts via a satellite tracking system designed by the Santa Fe-based startup Descartes Labs. The program can detect temperature increases from new fires using data that’s updated every few minutes. Text messages will then be sent to State Forestry with the location and a detailed map.
Full implementation of the satellite program is expected to help this season as the agency is faced with unusual circumstances because of the public health emergency spurred by the new coronavirus. State officials said specific guidelines are in place requiring health screenings at State Forestry facilities during regular work hours and while on fire assignments.