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SDG&E announces new innovations to advance wildfire safety

Fire Safe 3.0 uses Artificial Intelligence
Posted at 2:03 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 17:10:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — SDG&E announced Fire Safe 3.0 innovations to advance wildfire safety at its headquarters in Kearny Mesa Tuesday.

It's the power company's plan to use more advanced technologies to improve wildfire safety. Instead of using weather data updated every 10 minutes, they utilize data updated every 30 seconds instead.

SDG&E's chief meteorologist explained they're using artificial intelligence-based models that make weather data more accurate and they're monitoring more than 500,000 trees in the area using a "Vegetation Risk Index."

It helps determine how those trees might impact power lines or become fuel for fires.

SDG&E also announced plans to open a Fire Science and Innovation Lab next year.