From Nevada Today:
Four remote mountain peaks in central and northeastern Nevada are home to a new real-time camera fire-detection system that is helping to protect Nevada's forests and rangelands.
A Bureau of Land Management Nevada grant awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno to develop, install, and maintain a remote camera system, is in the initial phase of a five-year planned comprehensive network to cover vast areas of the state for early fire detection and response.
"BLM Nevada is excited to partner with the University to assist us in the protection of public lands," Paul Petersen, acting State fire management officer for the BLM, said. "These cameras provide fire management personnel in detection and situational awareness. For instance, they can be positioned during lightning storms to detect potential ignitions. These are our first steps in building a cutting-edge camera network to protect and conserve forest and sagebrush ecosystems and reduce invasive species that spread after wildland fires."
Soon after being installed, using the camera system's near-infrared detection capability, the camera on Midas Peak spotted a large lightning-strike fire 104 miles away near Jordan Valley, Oregon. Shortly thereafter, the BLM and their firefighting partners responded to another fire north of Interstate 80 between Winnemucca and Elko. The Midas Peak camera provided valuable information for BLM's incident command center in responding to that fire as well.
Learn more here: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2015/blm-unr-fire-spotting-camera-system-installed-on-great-basin-mountain-peaks
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