Webcams in central Ore. help wildfire spotters
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Two webcams mounted on the top of a 90-foot communication tower are helping firefighters scan for wildfires in central Oregon.
The Bulletin reports that crews with Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue will be able to access the camera images from a smartphone or laptop computer.
The webcams provide a 360-degree view of the 40-square-mile district near Lake Billy Chinook and Culver, as well as the edges of the Crooked River National Grasslands, Deschutes National Forest and Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
District Forester George Ponte, with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Prineville, says the webcams are the first to be used as fire lookouts in Central Oregon but more are coming.
The department has plans for eight webcam lookouts in Grant, Hood River, Wasco and Wheeler counties.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com