Phys .org: Team uses machine learning to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control. “An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help in forecasting whether a blaze is going to be small, medium or large by the time it has run its course—knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources.”
Mail & Guardian: ‘South America’s biggest museum was destroyed by fire on my watch’. “The fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris devastated one of the world’s most iconic buildings, an incalculable loss to humanity’s architectural, religious and cultural heritage. Alexander Kellner knows exactly what this feels like. He was in charge of Brazil’s National Museum when it burnt down last year, destroying more than 90% of the collection. This is his story.”
BuzzFeed News: YouTube’s New Fact-Check Tool Flagged Notre Dame Fire Coverage And Attached An Article About 9/11. “As the Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday, YouTube flagged livestreams of the incident as possible sources of misinformation and then started showing people articles about the 9/11 attacks.”
Miami Herald: Fire burns archives at history-making social justice center. “A fire at a Tennessee social justice center that trained the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has destroyed a building and decades of archives. Nobody was injured. News outlets report officials are investigating what started the fire Friday morning at the Highlander Education and Research Center.”
PRWeb: HazardHub Releases Mold Susceptibility, Airport Noise, Fire Protection, and Wildfire data (PRESS RELEASE). “HazardHub, the nation’s fastest-growing supplier of geospatial risk data, is pleased to announce the launch of two brand new data sets and updates to four others. All new and updated data is immediately available via the HazardHub API.”
PRWeb: HazardHub’s HydrantHub Passes 10 Million Fire Hydrant Locations Nationwide (PRESS RELEASE). “HazardHub, the nation’s fastest-growing supplier of geospatial risk data, has announced that HydrantHub – the nation’s first and only addressable database of fire hydrant locations – has just added its 10 millionth fire hydrant location. The milestone was achieved while examining the more than 180 hydrants for Hamlin, NY, as part of HazardHub’s intense drive to add fire hydrant locations.” There is a tool and an API for getting this information from HazardHub. The location information isn’t too specific – just the note that the address you search is within more or less than x feet. On the other hand, the fire station locator tells you both what the station is and how far away it is more precisely.
The Art Newspaper: Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum. “As months of seasonal rain descend on Rio de Janeiro, researchers working in the rubble of the gutted National Museum fear that the dampness could imperil salvaging efforts after September’s devastating fire. ‘There is rain and heat soon after, which is not good at all’ for the objects, the researcher Cláudia Carvalho told Globo earlier this month. Ceramics, metallic objects and meteorites are particularly vulnerable, she adds.”