Wildfire cameras aid local firefighters

EAGLE POINT, Ore.– The alert wildfire camera that informed firefighters about the Eagle Point fire Thursday is relatively new to the state.

The camera used to gather information on that Eagle Point fire has only been in service for about a month.

Through the video from that camera Jackson County Fire District 3 knew that the Eagle Point fire was a structure fire before they arrived at the scene.

The cameras are able to detect smoke and fire sometimes before 911 can be called.

They can even detect open burning on days where it isn’t allowed.

Fire District 3 Chief Robert Horton said, “the key of this intelligence is to identify fires early, so we can get resources out and extinguish them while they’re small.”

The Long Mountain camera has already identified four fires over the last month.

The Rogue Valley Council of Governments partnered with local fire districts to install the cameras for days like Thursday.

There are already three alert wildfire cameras working in Southern Oregon and there are plans for almost a dozen more to be installed.

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NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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