Israel fights forest fires with innovative methods

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 Israel fights forest fires with innovative methods

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In recent years, the number of forest fires in Israel has decreased markedly.

According to Rami Zaritsky, head of the forest fire safety service, in 2020 there were 1020 forest fires on an area of ​​more than 60,000 dunams. In 2021, that number dropped to 814, and in 2022 there were 448 fires on 18,900 dunams [46,000 acres].

fires can largely be attributed to a shift in strategy to focus on early detection and rapid response, as well as innovative technologies.

the Tinshemet-Toren system, which is in exp licenses for the last three years.

Tinshemet — is a drone that flies 100 meters above the ground to collect and share real-time data in all visibility conditions, including darkness. He works in tandem with Toren — powerful thermal imaging camera that attaches to any type of transport on a 10-meter mast, making it mobile. A new model will soon be put into operation, the mast of which reaches 30 meters.

“These two devices detect any uneven heat or movement and pinpoint its exact location within a 100 kilometer radius, from the smallest lit cigarette to a fire,” — Chaim Tepperberg, forest fire safety manager says.

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