A wildfire is an unplanned fire and is usually started by (unintentionally) humans! These fires aided by wind, dry forest/underbrush burn uncontrolled and consume everything in their paths burning thousands of acres.
It is estimated, in US on an average every year, 5 million acres are burnt! There are benefits to wildfires, when they occur naturally and limited way…but not when uncontrolled. They occur in most of the 50 states but are common in western states. In California, wildfire season of 2018 is the deadliest and most destructive with nearly 8500 files that destroyed 1.9 million acres.
There are several aspects to this problem that tech could help alleviate it. They include, but not limited to:
- Prepare in advance
- Survive during fire
- Rescue and safety
IBM in collaboration with ‘42 Silicon Valley’ has launched a challenge to elicit wildfire solutions, with the focus on community health and well-being. This is part of their 4 year initiative called IBM Code and Response. This California Wildfire challenge begins with a hackathon (on May 4th, 2019). Ideas/projects created during the hackathon could be to be continued to develop/build further and are due for submission, on July 29th, for the Global Challenge.
Good luck to all the Pieneers!
[Image Credit: Thanks to skeeze via Pixabay]