Tech companies want more eyes in the sky for wildfire season


A Pano Station installation in Healdsburg, California. A cottage industry in fire detection technology has taken root, especially in the western US, as fires have become more frequent, larger and financially ruinous. — Pano AI

Dan Nuñez pulls up a video feed on his computer.

“Can you see that?” he asks, pointing to some rolling, foggy hills in rural Oregon. The footage was captured seven minutes before Nuñez opened up his browser. Barely perceptible on the screen is a rising plume of smoke.

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