Firefighters in the American West have begun to use modern technology and better resource allocation to prevent small fires from escalating into giant fires like the ones that burned a record 4% of California last year, or the nation’s largest wildfire this year, which has scorched a part of Oregon the size of Rhode Island. So far this year, there have been 730 additional wildfires in California, a 16 percent increase compared to last year. However, the space charred has nearly tripled. Firefighters have a better chance of keeping fires small if they can catch them early. This includes utilizing new fire behavior computer models that can assist in assessing risks prior to the occurrence of fires, as well as projecting their direction and expansion.
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