There are still people who spend their summers on mountaintop perches, scanning the horizon for wildfires. But lookouts staffed by live humans have largely been replaced with remote cameras.
And networks of cameras are being combined into a system called ALERTWildfire, a joint project of the University of Oregon and several other schools and agencies. It bears some resemblance to the ShakeAlert system for earthquake early warnings.
And the two programs share some people, including Leland O'Driscoll at UO.
He visited The Exchange previously to talk about ShakeAlert, and he returns in this month's edition of Curious: Research Meets Radio.