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SDG&E unveils new fire watch tool in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - San Diego Gas & Electric unveiled a system of 15 high-definition cameras on Tuesday that provide live-streaming views of some of the region's most fire-prone areas.

The Alert SDG&E cameras offer live video; can show time-lapse scenarios; can pan, tilt and zoom; provide near-infrared capabilities for night vision; use machine vision to detect smoke; and can link to incident command centers to notify fire officials when a plume of smoke appears.

The new system includes 15 high-definition 4K cameras strategically installed on communication towers that will improve situational awareness and public safety by creating a live-streaming view of San Diego's most fire-prone areas.

"Adding this sophisticated set of cameras is providing us with a level of real-time situational awareness we've never had before," said Caroline Winn, SDG&E's CEO. "Not only are we able to zoom in on ignition points using multiple cameras, we can pinpoint almost instant fire proximity and notify first responders. Having this information at our fingertips could provide critical minutes needed to protect people, power structures, and property."
Local fire agencies will have primary control of the cameras which will provide the ability to view time-lapse scenarios, and utilize infrared for night vision.

The camera system can also detect smoke, and can link to incident command centers to notify fire officials when a plume of smoke ignites, benefiting communities throughout the region. 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography has opened up several of its webcams so that the public can help keep an eye out for any wildfires that may break out over the next few days. 

The cameras provided images of the 100-acre Church Fire, which broke out Oct. 21 in Campo, according to SDG&E.

A similar system, developed by the University of Nevada-Reno, has been credited with helping authorities spot more than 300 blazes in Lake Tahoe and Nevada over the past two years.

SDG&E's cameras are aimed at Red Mountain near Fallbrook, multiple locations on Palomar Mountain, Volcan Mountain near Julian, Black Mountain near Rancho Penasquitos, Mount Woodson near Poway, two sites on Mount Laguna, Los Pinos Peak south of Pine Valley, Cowles Mountain in San Diego, Lyons Peak in Jamul and Otay Mountain east of Otay Mesa.

The feeds are constantly updated and can be viewed here.

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