Wildfire Monitoring and Safety Funding Partnership

The Open Space Authority and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) have partnered to fund the installation of a new early detection fire camera for Santa Clara County, which will be managed and monitored by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Having just last week declared fire season open in the Bay Area—a month earlier than usual—CAL FIRE anticipates that this and future cameras could help firefighters locate and suppress fires before they become large destructive events in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The camera, purchased by the County, will provide 24/7 live feeds to CAL FIRE, and is designed to identify and help locate potential wildfire hot spots. The combined $11,000 given by the Authority and SCVWD will allow for the installation of the camera and for training of CAL FIRE field staff in its use. With the current drought and a potentially devastating fire season upon us, we’re privileged to be able to partner with SCVWD in support of CAL FIRE and its new wildfire cam.  
May 15, 2014
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