At the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, our priority is to keep our community strong today, and into the future. That's why we awarded $42,500 from our Community Fund to complete the AlertTahoe fire camera system in the Tahoe Basin. In addition, we are creating an endowment to provide funding for maintenance of the Alert Tahoe cameras in perpetuity.
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AlertTahoe is a project of the University of Nevada, Reno, combining innovative technology with on the ground firefighting efforts to protect Lake Tahoe’s communities. It is a system of networked sensors designed to protect the Tahoe Basin from catastrophic wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural hazards. The sensors are on eleven cameras installed around the Basin, on an independent network that remains connected, even during emergencies or outages. These cameras sense smoke, catch wildfires and alert firefighters before the fires spread beyond a containable distance.
Funding for AlertTahoe fire camera network announced at Tahoe Summit
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. August 7, 2018 (News 4 & Fox 11) — Funding for upgrades and new cameras for the 26-camera AlertTahoe network was announced today in a presentation at the annual Lake Tahoe Summit.
“Much needed upgrades and two additional cameras are now possible with a recent grant of $226,000 from the U.S. Forest Service and another $42,500 from the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation – with an added $55,000 endowment in matching funds for ongoing maintenance,” said the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Lab Director Graham Kent.
The camera network helps to detect and monitor wildfires in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. The real-time camera fire-detection system is helping to protect the communities, forests and water quality and clarity at Lake Tahoe.
"The AlertTahoe camera system is successful due to the private/public partnership with the Tahoe Prosperity Center, our partner organization for fundraising for the camera equipment,” Kent said. “They spearheaded these critical fundraising efforts that ensure that these fire prevention cameras are funded by local businesses, organizations and other partners to keep our communities safe from wildfire.”
The Lake Tahoe Summit was hosted this year by Heller and held at Sand Harbor State Park on the shores of Lake Tahoe, just south of Incline Village, Nevada.
The AlertWildfire mountaintop camera network tracked 240 western wildfires in 2017.
The system also played a critical role for early detection during an arson outbreak in late 2016 at South Lake Tahoe with some 30 fires in a 60-day period both in the City of South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding forests.
"While firefighters work hard to put out the fires, the cameras give them intel immediately, improving the chances of putting out the fires more quickly," Kent said.
One camera can see 5,000 square miles during the day; and from 11,000 square miles to 20,000 square miles at night using its near-infrared capabilities.
The public can observe real-time camera views and time-lapse functions with a 15-minute, 60-minute and 6-hour time-lapse utility built into the web page viewer.
by News 4 & Fox 11 Digital Team | Tuesday, August 7th 2018