Firefighters across California compete to develop new technology to stop wildfires

  • Source: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
  • Published: 02/23/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters across California are participating in a four-year competition to invent new technologies to fight fires and put an end to destructive wildfires. The competition XPRIZE Wildfire incentivizes the private sector to help develop new ways to detect wildfires before they get too big and cause damage to ecosystems. "Fires aren't getting any smaller," said Chief Brian Fennessy with the Orange County Fire Authority. "They're not spreading any slower, and we have to look at the private sector to help fight them." According to XPRIZE, extreme wildfire events burn at a "higher intensity" and account for 80% of total associated fire-damages, adding to the growing global greenhouse gas emissions. "Firefighters can only do so much with the resources that they have," said San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey.


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