Ecuador is no stranger to wildfires.
In 2015, wildfires circled Quito, the capital, killing three firefighters and forcing evacuations.
As climate change raises the risks of seasonal wildfires in the South American country, a new twist on old technology is helping local authorities stop the fires before they start.
An innovative tool is being developed by researchers at Conservation International that combines local weather forecasts with existing systems that use satellites to track forest fires. The result is a “fire weather forecast” that will communicate the risk of a fire sparking to farmers and community members. Continue reading