The success of the pilot program for fire cameras at Lake Tahoe has prompted the University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Seismological Laboratory to pursue funding to build out its fire camera network that rings the majestic mile-high lake.
"We've seen the system avert potentially large fires this summer at Tahoe, even with its minimal presence," Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said of the prototype system with its four cameras. "It makes sense to build this system out now to help protect the basin from devastating fires."
The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is launching the AlertTAHOE campaign to raise $2 million in private donations to place additional cameras, the associated telemetry infrastructure and a user friendly web portal at 15 more locations. The equipment will be available for use by emergency response personnel and viewing by the interested public.
The fire-camera system project will be funded through private and public money, and built on the backbone of the Seismological Lab's earthquake monitoring network, which features private high-speed internet connectivity capable of transmitting seismic, environmental and climate data in addition to the live streaming high definition cameras.
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