Artificial intelligence tapped to fight western wildfires

The Denver Post

DENVER (AP) — Officials charged with preventing and fighting large, devastating wildfires in the West could soon use artificial intelligence alongside their arsenal of prescription burns, picks, chainsaws and airplanes. The Denver Post reports that Lockheed Martin Space is leveraging its experience managing satellites, exploring space and providing intelligence to the U.S. military to provide more accurate data to ground personnel more quickly. By running computer programs to process massive amounts of data, company representatives say they can map the fire perimeter in minutes rather than the hours it can now take. They also say artificial intelligence and machine learning can improve predictions about the direction and speed of a fire.

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