Firefight

New Technology Aims to Limit the Damage of Wildfires on the U.S. West Coast

California, USA endured one of the worst wildfire seasons in the state's history in 2017, when more than 1.2 million acres (485,600 hectares) burned. Last year proved worse. Not only did 1.6 million acres (647,500 hectares) burn—the most in 15 years—but the Camp Fire blaze killed 86 people, the deadliest fire in the state's history. As global temperatures rise and droughts continue, various organizations are exploring how new technology can combat a future in which wildfires are only expected to worsen.
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