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Fire Watch

Nevada scientists are going high tech in Lake Tahoe, with plans to ring the mountain lake's basin with a network of cameras to help alert authorities to potentially devastating wildfires. Similar to the manned fire lookouts used for decades to protect forests from fire, the cameras are designed to alert authorities that a fire has started, allowing them to send firefighters to the scene before it gets big. The first device, also outfitted with a seismometer, was installed in July 2013. More info, over here. [Tahoe Daily Tribune]