Tree Frog Forestry News

Stamping out wildfires requires invisible infrastructure

By Rachelle Chong
The Hill
April 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Wildfires are growing in intensity and frequency, escalating the threat posed to Americans — and the critical utility infrastructure we rely on. …The good news is that new technologies are being developed every day to prevent and quickly spot wildfires caused by utility and communication infrastructure. However, there is a lack of adequate funding for infrastructure needed to be extended in high fire risk utility service areas to deploy these advanced technologies that can save lives and property. …The technology is clearly available, but unless industry and government invest in it, our critical infrastructure and our residents won’t benefit. An example of successful implementation of technology is San Diego Gas & Electric, which has developed capabilities to sense and then cut off the flow of electricity to a broken powerline before it hits the ground.

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