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Using Data Science To Fight Wildfires

California Highway Patrol via AP

In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018 photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, the Carr Fire burns near Highway 299 and Redding, Calif. The fire is one of several across California amid a heat wave that has seen days of triple-digit temperatures.

California Highway Patrol via AP

Wildfires are unpredictable, but data scientists can leverage computing power and decades of fire and climate history to forecast risks across the wildland urban interface.

Rick Hutley is the Program Director and Professor of Practice, Analytics and Data Science at University of the Pacific. He joins Insight to discuss how data science can help in the battle to predict wildfires and limit future damage.

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