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Press Release 06-109

Communications Team Erects Lifeline for Firefighters Battling California Wildfires

Researchers bridge command post to the Internet within 24 hours of emergency call

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View of smoke from wildfire

An HPWREN automated digital camera on Lyons Peak captured an image around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2006, that shows the extent of the Horse Fire. The camera remotely collected many images that day, which the researchers were able to use to better understand the wildfire.

Credit: HPWREN


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Screen capture from video showing smoke from a wildfire

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The Horse fire in Cleveland National Forest emerged on the morning of July 23, 2006. The west-pointing HPWREN automated digital camera located on Mt. Laguna captured the growth of the fire. The video plays at an accelerated rate to compress several hours into the brief segment.

Credit: HPWREN

 

The Ramona Air Attack 330 on a runway

The Ramona Air Attack 330 provides a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection the ability to direct air drops from the lower-flying tankers and helicopters carrying fire retardant.

Credit: HPWREN


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Two men work on a communications antenna.

At the Horse Fire incident command post, HPWREN principal investigator Hans-Werner Braun(right) mounts an antenna on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection communications vehicle. Volunteer Jim Davidson (left) holds a radio the team installed next.

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An antenna and radio

The team installed on Lyons Peak an antenna and radio that pointed toward the incident command post. A fixed HPWREN camera is located next to the equipment.

Credit: HPWREN


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