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High-tech mapping system simulates fire activity

SimTable operators can present 3D layouts of a fire and simulate its direction and burn patterns


KOB.com

SANTA FE, N.M. — As the Wallow Fire in Arizona continues to burn towards New Mexico, a wild simulation company based out of Santa Fe is using some of the latest technology to track and model the fire.

With the projector off, the table is simply a box of sand, but with the flip of a switch SimTable operators can present 3D layouts of a fire and simulate its direction and burn patterns. The system also can model weather patterns, account for different types of fuel and how they burn, topography and fire fighting methods.

On Thursday Chas Curtis showed KOB Eyewitness News 4 a detailed topographical representation of the Wallow Fire and its surrounding areas pointing out the various fuel sources the fire is burning as it approaches the New Mexico border.

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