California's Wildfires Solved

I'm going to solve California's wildfires, which is devastating the environment and livelihood of many, the same way I would solve a dilemma that's preventing a company from being its best.


Case

Wildfires in California are burning down forests, homes, and land, while killing people and the vegetation. In addition, the fires are decreasing the air quality which is increasing the harmful affects and conditions that it can inflict on a human's heart and cause lung disease.


Facts

  1. Climate change is real and the planet as a whole is warming up.

  2. California gets most of its rain in the fall and winter and dries out in late spring and summer.

  3. Fires need heat, H20 and fuel.

  4. Heat can come from lightning strikes, downed electrical wires, equipment failures, car accidents, fireworks, and campfires. Unfortunately a majority of the fires are human caused by fireworks, campfires, smoking and arsonists.

  5. Fuel is from leaves on the ground that our president saids needs to be raked and the wind that enables the fires to spread rapidly.

Opportunities

  1. More available fire fighters.

  2. Quicker fire response time.

  3. The use of technology for early fire detection.

  4. Harsher penalties to discourage negligence and arsonist.

  5. Decreasing the fuel that enrages the fires, since you can't completely remove heat or oxygen.

Solution

Irregardless of what the president thinks, raking the leaves out of the hundreds of thousands of acres in California's national forest is simply not going to remedy the fires. Unfortunately, fires are still going to happen, and can still have the ability to spread given the conditions. In his defense though, raking the leaves and brush, would slow the spread of the fires.


In brainstorming potential solutions, I thought about fire alarms installed in homes. It is able to detect the carbon dioxide in the air, and has a charge from a 9V battery. It alerts immediately. I think that is the most important part in preventing forest fires too. The alarm sounds alerting anyone nearby of the danger. Should the danger intensify there is a sprinkler system connected which will douse water in a centralized location. In addition, some fire alarms are monitored by the fire department, depending on the type of connection. That kind of rapid response I think is the most effective.


Since early detection is the most important ingredient in decreasing the spread of the fires, the cheapest detection system would be elevated in the sky instead of thousands of smoke detectors on the ground.


Automated drones and a satellite is going to be the keys to early detection from the sky. It may take a few hundred drones to be in the sky at all times, with infrared technology to spot the heat and alert the firefighters. The good news is that the technology for these types of drones already exists.

The eye in the sky will give early detection and will be able to alert the responding fire station almost immediately. I think splitting up the fire stations into more mini fire stations will decrease the time it takes to reach the fire, which is also important. Like how Brooklyn shrunk crime by putting mini police stations every few blocks. This grants us early detection and faster response time which is key in fighting home fires, and I think is the same for forest fires.


In addition, fire safety laws need to be stricter in the areas. No campfires, no fireworks, and no smoking. Especially in critical months April - October when rain subsides. Finally increasing Smokey the Bear marketing tactics to generate awareness and encourage people to take greater action from preventing forest fires.




Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/article/why-does-california-have-wildfires.html


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/21/california-wildfires-

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