Meet ‘BurnBot', a California startup's hope to avoid the next big fire

  • Source: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
  • Published: 09/22/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: As smoke from Northern California fires continues to choke the Bay Area, and fire concerns continue to grow, a Bay Area startup is testing a robot that might help us avoid the next big fire. The “BurnBot” is a tool meant to help with controlled burns that are key to helping cut down on overall fire risk. Its goal is to help firefighters make those burns safer and more efficient. "And that ensures that even if there is a fire, it'll reach that fuel break and will stop there,” said Anukool Lakhina, CEO of BurnBot. With an electric generator inside, the BurnBot -- which comes in a full-sized version for large areas, and a smaller one for clearing defensible space around homes -- helps fire crews create the firebreaks that keep wildfires from growing. "This is a mobile burn chamber,” said Lakhina.


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