Infrared camera helps fire crews stay one step ahead of the blaze


Since Governor Jerry Brown declared of sate of emergency in Mariposa County last week,
fire crews and the California Air National Guard have been working to battle the massive Ferguson fire.

“We have three problem areas the first problem area is down in the south by Wawona,” said Damian Julliani with Cal Fire.

National guard crews have been taking to the skies with aircraft equipped with  infrared cameras that allows them to see through the thick blanket of smoke that covers fire hot spots.

“It’s essentially similar to the camera that you are using it look down on that camera there’s a laser range find an you can find the range from that point and also pulls a rid coordinat,” said Sergeant Laux.

The information is shared with ground crews within minutes.

“It helps us locate areas where we didn’t know we had spot fires gives us the intel of what those fires are doing  implement evacuation and where we can make a tactical approach with firefighters,” said Rocky Opliger.

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