Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

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Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

Upper Pine simulates wildfires, floods and gas leaks
From left, Paul Valdez, wildland fire coordinator; Pete Stockwell, firefighter; and Bruce Evans, chief of the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, demonstrate the Digital Sandbox at the district’s headquarters in Bayfield. The simulation predicts how certain disasters will play out in any given area.

Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

From left, Paul Valdez, wildland fire coordinator; Pete Stockwell, firefighter; and Bruce Evans, chief of the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, demonstrate the Digital Sandbox at the district’s headquarters in Bayfield. The simulation predicts how certain disasters will play out in any given area.

Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

The Digital Sandbox helps firefighters understand what would happen if a dam breach were to occur at Lake Simpatico in the Forest Lakes subdivision or any other body of water.

Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

A simulated wildfire can be programmed using weather conditions, topography and type of fuels to show the spread of the fire in the Digital Sandbox.
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