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0BCB94A6B234639D8725847A005C59EC Hearing Summary


Date Sep 19, 2019      
Location HCR 0112

Alert Fire - Committee Discussion Only

10:48:46 AM  

Neal Driscoll and Joe Kerr, representing a consortium of the University of California San Diego, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Nevada, Reno, presented to the committee.  They provided a handout (Attachment B) to committee members.  Mr. Driscoll described the ALERTWildfire network, which deploys high definition cameras and a microwave communications network to confirm hazards.

10:55:49 AM  

Mr. Driscoll discussed the Camp Fire and the changes in atmospheric conditions that have led to the rapid growth of wildfires.  In response to a committee member question, he noted the rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

11:05:08 AM  
Mr. Driscoll demonstrated the use of the ALERTWildfire system in San Diego County over several wildfires.
11:09:40 AM  
Mr. Kerr discussed the advantages of ALERTWildfire to firefighters and fire agencies.
11:18:57 AM  

Mr. Driscoll responded to questions from the committee about the scope and reach of ALERTWildfire cameras, and the cost of building such a system in Colorado.  He suggested that a pilot in Colorado would include a hub of 20 cameras and cost approximately $1 million.

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