Firefighters across Southern California now have a new set of eyes.. keeping watch for devastating wildfires.
Towering above the famed Hollywood Hills – a small camera has a big job. It’s part of a growing network of electronic eyes – scanning for signs of smoke.
Don Daigler is with Southern California Edison – the utilities company installing the cameras. They’ve mounted 100 so far… with at least 60 more on the way.
Together, they’ll monitor hundreds of miles throughout Southern California – and aim to give firefighters an edge, spotting fires faster.
Daigler says, “This is a real time capability fire communities can use to identify fires, roll resources more quickly… get those fires put out.”
It’s help fire crews desperately need… after enduring last year’s wildfire season, the worst in California’s history.
All the cameras are monitored at an emergency operations center 24 – 7… and along with fire agencies, the *public can also watch the feeds online to help look out for trouble.
A vast and vital view – that could ultimately save lives.
Along with the cameras, more than 800 weather sensors are being installed to help monitor changing weather conditions that could make areas more susceptible to wildfires.