AI Tool Assists Wildland Firefighting

NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) and the Department of Commerce have announced $250,000 in funding to support the development of a new and powerful artificial intelligence (AI) model to improve fire weather forecasts. The larger Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is investing in the funding from the agenda of President Biden’s Investing in America.

Firefighters risk their lives every day to serve Americans and this investment will improve NOAA’s fire weather forecast and safeguard firefighters.

Created to assist first responders to stay safe during wildland fires, the NOAA is improving it’s LightningCast tool and related research on early detection of fire-generated thunderstorms. Meteorologists use LightningCast to provide real-time information to wildland fire incident teams, improving the safety and effectiveness of their fire response.