Best of the West: Preparing for wildfire season; healthy snowpack supplies Colorado River; Nevada & New Mexico boost renewables
As western states prepare for wildfire season, new tools are helping firefighters and land managers assess danger and respond rapidly. In the Pacific Northwest, The National Fire Danger Rating System is getting its first update in more than 40 years. The new system will generate readings from weather stations without requiring a person to be present to help forest managers determine levels of fire danger.
In California, a weather satellite taking photos every five minutes can show hotspots and could potentially alert residents of a blaze.
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