Wildfires kill people, destroy houses and other structures, burn forests, and cause enormous financial losses. Our system allows users to detect fires before they become large and difficult to control. The installed SmokeD detectors increase safety and are designed for various users.


Quite often wildfires are detected very late in vast uninhabited areas. It may take hours until somebody notifies fire authorities about the presence of a wildfire. During that time fires may become large and difficult to be controlled or extinguished. SmokeD detectors located in such areas can significantly help - they assure continuous, 24/7 monitoring and automatic detection of fires. They detect fires in an average of 10 minutes within a radius of 10 miles from a monitoring site. By installing SmokeD detectors on fire lookout towers and other tall structures, intelligent systems of wildfire detection of vast wildlands are developed. The SmokeD monitoring and detection networks provide crucial information needed for well-informed firefighting decision-making.


Living in a house close to nature is very attractive and therefore many people build their dream homes near forests and other wildland areas. However, that brings a risk of being close to wildfires. In the United States there are 44 million houses in the wildland-urban interface facing a very high risk of wildfires. Owners of such houses can greatly benefit from installation of SmokeD detectors. A fast detection of fires threatening their homes is essential for prevention of human life and property losses. Even if a fire happens at night, thanks to their infrared sensors the SmokeD detectors will send automatic notification about the approaching danger. Even when away from their homes, the house owners can be notified about approaching fires 24/7 through the SmokeD Alerts mobile app.


Residents of northern California are well aware of how quickly wildfires may spread and what devastating power they have. The October 2017 Northern California Firestorm consisted of about 250 individual wildfires. Out of those, 21 were major fires that burned at least 245,000 acres. The wildfires broke out throughout Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte, and Solano counties during severe fire weather conditions caused by strong northeasterly Diablo winds. As a result of the Northern California Firestorm 8,900 buildings were destroyed, 44 people lost their lives and 192 people were hospitalized. These fires were the costliest group of wildfires on record, causing around $14.5 billion in damages, including $11 billion in insured losses and $1.5 billion in fire suppression costs.


Malfunctions or damage to the electric transmission infrastructure can start wildland fires. Strong winds can cause a collapse of high voltage electrical lines resulting in sparking and ignition of dry biomass. Malfunctioning of electric transformers can also result in fire ignitions. The largest electric utility in California, Pacific Gas & Electric is presently being sued for billions of dollars after being found responsible for the most devastating and deadly fire in California history – the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The SmokeD system can provide early, accurate, and reliable information conveyed to responsible fire authorities. This may greatly help in effective combating of fires and prevention of costly law suits on behalf of the fire victims.


Evacuation of patients and personnel from hospitals and other healthcare facilities facing a wildfire hazard may cost millions of dollars. Strong and unpredictable winds can spread fires very rapidly endangering not only structures in the WUI areas, but also quite far away. Owners and managers of health care structures can reduce risks of evacuations by installing SmokeD system for early fire detection and required action.


While the main mission of universities is to provide education, they are also depositories of valuable collections of various specimens, books, and other materials. Their destruction can often be irreversible. University campuses and field research stations in wildfire-prone areas can be protected by installation of SmokeD detectors. The SmokeD wildfire detection network can greatly reduce fire risks to the campuses and also help to inform the neighboring communities about approaching fires. Public perception of universities is usually very high, and installation and use of SmokeD for wildfire prevention may enhance such opinions.


Many single family houses and apartment complexes are built in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) characterized by high risk of wildfires. Therefore it is highly recommended to install in such communities the SmokeD early fire detection system. The installed detectors can automatically and quickly inform local citizens about emerging fires in their vicinity, even as far as 10 miles away. The installed SmokeD system can greatly improve the safety of people deciding to live in the WUI areas.


Media play a major role in informing the public about the wildfire danger. By using the SmokeD detectors, TV stations can learn about developing fires within minutes after their ignition. This allows for fast and accurate notification of their viewers about possible fire risks. TV reporters do not have to rely on information about fires from the firefighting authorities – thanks to their own SmokeD detectors they learn about them first!

The SmokeD Early Wildfire Detection System by IT for Nature is unparalleled in its ability to provide real-time surveillance and rapid detection of wildfires in forest areas.