Computer science aids wildfire fighters on the ground

Innovative computer mapping tools and airborne imaging techniques can penetrate dense smoke and offer views of emerging dangers that firefighters lack on the ground. Yet research scientists' efforts to better understand fire spread and to create accurate predictive computer programs are often stymied by funding droughts. During active fire seasons, research budgets quickly feel the pinch.

Stunning time-lapse video of the Station Fire plume

This incredible visual record of the Station Fire in Los Angeles underscores the value and importance of wildfire prevention and safety efforts: http://www.brandonriza.com/Video/HTML/ZeroPercentContained.html. The Station Fire, which started on August 26, 2009, was the largest fire in the recorded history of Angeles National Forest (est. 1892) and the 10th largest fire in California since 1933.