Can artificial intelligence help improve wildfire recovery?


While innovation in tech might lead to better outcomes against fires, VanKeulen said the real innovation is in the culture shift he has seen in public safety in terms of its motivation to go after the latest solutions. — Photo by Malachi Brooks on Unsplash

Artificial intelligence stands to change wildfire recovery and containment forever during a time when fires in the West are doing things that seasoned firefighters of 40 years have never seen.

"You could not hire enough firefighters," stated Brent VanKeulen, deputy director of the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA). "You can't fly enough planes. You can't get enough dozers on the ground to meet the challenge of what we're facing now."

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