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Wildfires inspire new technologies to fight and predict fire




A firefighter with the Gabilan Camp crew hoses down hot spots during a controlled burn to fight the King Fire on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, near Placerville, Calif. Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week before. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A firefighter with the Gabilan Camp crew hoses down hot spots during a controlled burn to fight the King Fire on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, near Placerville, Calif. Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week before. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The increased threat of wildfires is inspiring new technologies to both fight and predict fire, from satellites in the sky to virtual firefighting on the ground.

Amy Quinton takes a look at some of these new tools as part of her "California Burning" series for Capital Public Radio.