Earthquake scientists in the Tahoe area are keeping a high-tech eye on the forest for another kind of disaster.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, who study earthquakes are sharing their mountaintop observatories with Cal Fire, the forest service, and other fire agencies.
"And there's a lot of leftover bandwidth, so what we're able to do is run HD cameras that are IR capable," UNR Seismological Lab Director Graham Kent said.
Kent says these cameras allow fire officials to get a 360-degree view of the Tahoe basin and spot potential wildfires very early on.
They're adding more cameras.
In addtion, the cameras are going to be available online to the public.