Pacific Gas and Electric Company has deployed a satellite-based technology called the PG&E Satellite Fire Detection and Alerting System that is designed to alert authorities to wildfire incidents.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationâ€™s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites provide data for the system, the company said Friday.
â€œOnce the fire detection and monitoring algorithm detects the heat signature of a possible fire, an alert is generated and made available to analysts in the Wildfire Safety Operations Center,â€ said Scott Strenfel, principal meteorologist for PG&Eâ€™s Community Wildfire Safety Program.
He added, â€œThe application weâ€™ve developed displays detections on an interactive map, which also allows users to track the general spread and intensity of fires in near real-time as the data are refreshed as quick as every minute.â€
The companyâ€™s meteorology team worked with scientists and engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop the alert system.