CNN: How California is using AI to snuff out wildfires before they explode. “Firefighters want every leg up they can get to knock out a blaze before it becomes an inferno. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says it has a new tool to battle wildfires before they explode – artificial intelligence.” And remote sensors.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Lahaina’s 150-year-old banyan tree has sprouted green leaves. “The 150-year-old banyan tree in Lahaina is showing signs of life more than a month after its leaves were singed by fire. Clusters of green leaves have since grown from the iconic tree’s branches, as well as on the ground beneath it at Lahaina’s courthouse square.”
KITV: Interim MEMA head launches new ‘Maui Recovers’ website, an online hub for wildfire survivors. “The Interim administrator for the Maui Emergency Management Agency has launched a new website aimed at providing information on re-entry to Lahaina. Darryl Oiverira, who took his post on August 28, launched Maui Recovers for residents and businesses seeking information and resources on how to safely return to Lahaina.”
California Natural Resources Agency: California Launches Online Tool to Track Wildfire Resilience Projects
California Natural Resources Agency: California Launches Online Tool to Track Wildfire Resilience Projects. “The dashboard offers a one-stop-shop to access data, provide transparency, and align the efforts of more than a dozen agencies to build resilient landscapes and communities in California. It reports treatment activities such as prescribed fire, targeted grazing, uneven-aged timber harvest, mechanical and hand fuels reduction, and tree planting. Users can sort treatments by region, county, land ownership and more.”
NIST: NIST Issues New Guidance for Emergency Response During Wildfires. “NIST has launched a new website intended to help community leaders and first responders in wildfire-prone areas make buildings and other structures more resistant to fire. The website is based on the Hazard Mitigation Methodology (HMM), which was developed by researchers at NIST, CAL FIRE and other agencies and organizations. While traditional strategies focus on hardening individual structures, the HMM takes a community-wide approach to addressing wildfire risks.”
State of Hawaii: DLIR News Release: State Activates Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal. “The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced the availability of a disaster recovery jobs portal for Maui to help workers and businesses impacted by the wildfires. The portal provides access to all currently available jobs on Maui as maintained by the DLIR.”
ALERTCalifornia: ALERTCalifornia Launches to Provide Essential Tools to Understand and Adapt to Wildfires and Natural Disasters in the Golden State
ALERTCalifornia: ALERTCalifornia Launches to Provide Essential Tools to Understand and Adapt to Wildfires and Natural Disasters in the Golden State. “Fire and emergency management personnel input was essential to create the new, mobile friendly, public website interface, which now features a camera view “quilt” or collection of camera views targeting a specific area of interest as well as panoramas that show a high-resolution stitched-together 360-degree view for each camera.”
NPR: Firefighters and researchers are turning to AI to help fight fires. “Climate change. Firefighters and researchers hope to spot fires more quickly and cut response times using artificial intelligence. Zachary Wells is a deputy chief with the Kern County Fire Department in California’s Central Valley.” This is a transcript of a radio interview.
Washington State Department of Health: DOH unveils free teacher resources to bring public health and climate change data into the classroom
Washington State Department of Health: DOH unveils free teacher resources to bring public health and climate change data into the classroom. “In an effort to engage students with local health and climate data, DOH is unveiling a free professional development course for teachers that uses DOH tools and data to explore the connections between asthma and wildfires, which are one of the most obvious impacts of climate change on Washington state.”