Conifer Communications plays a vital role with the ALERTWildfire program by providing sites and internet services to the California Central Sierras.
What is ALERTWildfire?
The ALERTWildfire consortium comprises three universities: the University of Nevada, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of Oregon. Its goal is to provide public access to cameras that can tilt, pan out and zoom in. The video camera views of this partnership are intended to help fire agencies find fires, monitor the behavior of fires, and assign emergency resources. The ALERTwildfire Program has steadily expanded across the western United States.
Who is Behind the ALERTWildfire program?
This initiative, which uses thermal cameras to detect wildfires from an early stage, has been funded by settlements from electric utility companies, federal and state grants, donations of equipment, and funds by businesses such as Conifer Communications.
More about the ALERTWildfire Program
- Discover, locate, and confirm fire ignition.
- Quickly scale fire resources up or down.
- Monitor fire behavior during containment.
- Help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness.
- Observe contained fires for flare-ups.
How Conifer Partners with ALERTWildfire
How ALERTWildfire Helps Communities
Sometimes the way to understand how beneficial a program can be is to hear it directly from those it has helped. These testimonials and video footage show how ALERTWildfire has helped to prevent the growth of 1000s of wildfires:
Stopped Arson near Emerald Fire near Lake Tahoe
1:45 minutes later, an arsonist uses Emerald Fire to try and sneak a fire into a neighborhood at South Tahoe in 60 MPH winds. Early discovery/situational awareness, fire is knocked down.