Harris wildfire in California (2007). Chris Martinelli, the fire captain for Marin County, Cali., has seen waves of demos from companies pitching AI for fire detection. “Some of them are really expensive,” he said. He’s mostly interested in adding the software to the county’s existing cameras. (Credit: David S. Roberts)

(Bloomberg) — Dan Nuñez pulls up a video feed on his computer.

“Can you see that?” he asks, pointing to some rolling, foggy hills in rural Oregon. The footage was captured seven minutes before Nuñez opened up his browser. Barely perceptible on the screen is a rising plume of smoke.

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