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48 hours as a disaster drone analyst in California wildfires


The Carr fire was my second trip to a disaster zone in California as a data analyst supporting public agency UAV teams. In both this fire and the Tubb's fire in Santa Rosa last October, my role has been to coordinate drone data capture and mapping products to the right people across the disaster management chain. Essentially, I act as a link between the pilots and those responsible for assessing and rebuilding their community.

The Alameda and Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office, along with Menlo Park Fire Department and San Francisco police arrived in Redding after the Carr fire had burned nearly ~ 1000 homes. A half a dozen lives had already been lost and the fire continued to spread more broadly into rural areas of Shasta County.

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