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Public Security Ministry in Israel develops fire forecast system

Unique system to allow for real-time fire progression predictions according to geographical variables.
Ministry looking into patenting technology.

Israeli firefighters extinguish day-long Golan fire -
Fire breaks out at Ein Tina Nature Reserve, destroying 10,000 dunam of land, vegetation, lightly injures six, including pregnant woman.

15.07.11

The Ministry of Public Security said Thursday that it has developed an advance system which can predict the progression of fires in real-time, according to their area's geographical variables.

According to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, the system was developed following December's devastating Carmel fire.

Aharonovitch described the system as a "unique breakthrough," adding that it coincides with "the ministry's desire to prioritize the development of life-saving and disaster-prevention technologies."


The ministry said that the Fire Forecast System, or FFS, will be able to save lives and prevent extensive wildlife and property damage, adding that it includes features that would help authorities decides on necessary steps such as evacuating communities or closing off roads.

The new Fire Forecast System is said to be able to predict the progression of a blaze up to six hours in advance according to geographic and atmospheric conditions and allows firefighters and rescue teams on the ground to better plan their operations.


Some of the system's features include 3D progression simulations, as well as simulations pertaining to the fire's temperature and the height of the flames.


According to a ministry source, the system's development was "extremely cost-effective," amounting to just hundreds of thousands of dollars.


The system is said to be fully operational and the ministry intends to deploy it nationwide within the next few weeks.

The ministry is also now looking into patenting the unique system in favor of future exports.




Israeli firefighters extinguish day-long Golan fire -


Firefighters extinguished a fire in the Golan on Friday, after battling the blaze that broke out in the Ein Tina Nature Reserve on Thursday. The fire ravaged the north Israel area, destroying 10,000 dunam of land and vegetation.

Four planes and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) were brought in to help manage the fire, and firefighters were finally able to put out the fire completely on Friday afternoon, nearly a day after the blaze began.


Hikers have been asked to refrain from visiting the Ein Tina Reserve until fire services have ensured that the area is safe.

The massive fire erupted on Thursday at 2:00 P.M. in the eastern part of the Golan Hula Valley, spreading quickly and forcing hikers to flee the flames, Danny Hananya, head of fire and rescue services in the Golan Heights said in a statement.

Six people in including a pregnant woman were lightly injured in the fire, all suffering from smoke inhalation. The pregnant woman was in her eighth month, and was rushed to the delivery room after she went into labor due to the shock of the trauma. A couple and their two children, ages three and eight, were admitted for mild scratches they attained while escaping the fire.







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Added: Jul-16-2011 Occurred On: Jul-16-2011
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