In 2018 wildfires cost the state of Utah over $100 million in firefighting cost alone. Add that to the nearly 400 structures and 485,989 acres that were destroyed in these fires and you have a massive wildfire impact in the year 2018 alone. While some of these fires originate far from cities or towns, most are started by humans and, if detected, can be contained and extinguished before they become serious threats. (read more on ksl.com)
So how do you detect fires while they are still manageable?
Current reporting methods include web report forms, phone calls, or satellite detection of large scale wildfires in the US, but there is a lack of local, early wildfire detection systems. A system such as this could drastically reduce the cost of wildfires in both the firefighting costs and the destruction it causes.