Tracking Fires Across the Nation: How is it Done?

Fires are widespread across the globe, and many of them happen multiple times every day. I’m not talking about small campfires, or small bushfires, but forest fires, house fires, and other larger, much deadlier fires. These are not only dangerous to an individual in the fire, but also to the firefighters who go to slow or stop it, the surrounding area it’s in and our atmosphere. This means that it’s not only crucial for firefighters to have information about what they’re going into, but crucial to their survival, the survival of those in the fire, and their ability to stop it. Being able to track fires also makes it  much easier to prevent similar fires in the future, possibly saving hundreds of lives, and saving thousands of dollars in damage. 


Forest fires are one of the most devastating fires that can happen, covering acres upon acres of land, crossing over rivers and streams, and sweeping over houses like they were never there. Of course many of these fires are crucial. They allow for control of ecosystems, and are vital to one staying alive. They control overpopulation of plant species, and allow for a balance between animals and plants. They also keep the ground fertile, and healthy. But when forest fires begin to approach towns and cities, a big problem arises and they need to be stopped or prevented. Being able to track forest fires, such as the season they happen in, and how often they occur, allow for firefighters and governments to put protective measures in place, to prevent forest fires from happening, or to contain them to a desired area. 

In cases such as arson, when a person deliberately sets fire to something, having knowledge of what starts a fire, or noticing patterns between them, allows for being able to quickly discern between an accidental fire, and a deliberate one. This allows law enforcement to be able to apprehend subjects far easier than before. 


However good prevention may be, fires still happen, and will continue to happen. This is why the response of a team is just as important as the preventive measures in place. Being able to get accurate information as a fire progresses before arriving on site, allows for firefighters to prepare for the fire, and assess the situation before they even arrive on the scene. This is a great advantage to have, and drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to stop the fire, and allows firefighters to be able to find anyone who may be inside far easier. 

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