As wildfires approach Silicon Valley, tech firms struggle to find fight


By Jane Lanhee Lee and Nathan Frandino (Reuters) - Silicon Valley's innovation engine has been slow to produce useful new tools to help firefighters like Dave Winnacker extinguish the deadly blazes that each year fill California's skies with smoke.

Winnacker, a fire district chief who led a team against the 2017 fires that scorched vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valley, is interested in tools that can spot fires early and ease evacuations. But startups aiming to help improve public safety have found it hard to find funding.....

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