March 15, 2018

Monitoring the Health of the Upper San Diego River

By Trent Biggs, San Diego State University

The Upper San Diego River Watershed is the largest source of local water supply in San Diego County, and its creeks drain into El Capitan Reservoir. The streams and creeks that drain into the Reservoir are relatively healthy but they are under continued threat of degradation from natural and man-made sources. The overall project includes scientific and community engagement activities designed to quantify, protect, and enhance the water quality in the watershed.

February 20, 2018

CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires

WIFIRE, HPWREN, AlertTahoe Projects Win 2018 Innovations in Networking Awards

Reprinted with permission of a SDSC press release

Two University of California San Diego projects, along with a complementary University of Nevada, Reno project, have been selected as recipients of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications in recognition of work advancing IT and telecommunications technologies to help minimize potential damage caused by wildfires.

February 18, 2018

HPWREN Relay Site Damaged by High Winds

On January 28, 2018 a significant Santa Ana condition impacted San Diego County, and with it came substantial damage at about 10:08 AM to the Big Black Mountain relay site east of Ramona. The relay supports a link to the HPWREN backbone site on Mount Woodson, and connects a firefighting agency site. A set of 360 degree cameras, a PTZ camera, and a meteorological sensor set are also mounted to the solar-powered relay.

February 15, 2018

HPWREN Accomplishments in 2017

HPWREN team members have had a busy year. In addition to our normal ongoing infrastructure maintenance, and more intensive around the clock support for our emergency responders during wildfires, we have accomplished numerous upgrades to our equipment and expansions of our services. Below is a summary of these 2017 activities (from our logs, monitors, trouble tickets and 140 field service reports).

January 26, 2018

"Where is the fire?"

Near real time HPWREN web-accessible camera views of panoramic vistas of mountains and valleys now available via Google Earth

Living in a fire prone area of Southern California, most of us have encountered seeing a dark plume billowing over a mountain in the distance at one time or another, always wondering, where is the fire? HPWREN's web-accessible cameras are covering a considerable portion of San Diego and parts of Riverside counties, as well as one location in Santa Barbara county. They show panoramic views of mountains and valleys, often aiding in locating a fire and assessing the fire's progress by knowing where the camera is pointed at.

January 24, 2018

San Diego County Invests in New UC San Diego Fire Detection Networking

Higher-speed Network, New Cameras Expand County's Response Capabilities

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors voted this week to approve an investment in system technology developed at the University of California San Diego that will improve the County's fire detection and response capabilities. The County's investment will result in the addition of new cameras and a boost in the network performance of hazard detection technology developed by the university.