Friday, October 26, 2007 at 4:00PM
Firefighters in Southern California are using a new surveillance tool called 'FireWatch' in the area around Laguna Beach.
Using the solution, more than 20 square miles of highly vulnerable green belts, parks and open space that encircle the City are being covered by the network to monitor for fire in real-time.
“Our goal is to prevent and minimize wildfires out in the hard-to-spot areas before they can spread and destroy local residences and businesses,” said David Horne, founding chair of the Laguna Fire Safe Council and professor of marketing at California State University Long Beach. “With this network, we will have, for the first time, the ability to monitor the wilderness areas around the Laguna Canyon during high fire danger days and, hopefully, stop any fires before they cause damage to the community.”