Many “unprecedented” situations occurred throughout 2020, including wildfire season. In addition to the busy wildfire season, firefighters have also had to ensure their safety against COVID-19. Although crews took the necessary precautions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, during fire response, coronavirus cases still popped up.
Hurricane Iota tumbled into Central America late last night, where countries are still recovering from Hurricane Eta. The storm made landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane, near the town of Haulover, Nicaragua. This is just a mere 15 miles from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua where slightly less powerful Eta made landfall on November 3rd. However, Hurricane Iota impacts will likely be much stronger. The storm’s maximum winds were just 2 mph shy of Category 5 at 155 mph at landfall.
Have you ever wondered how fires are spotted or quickly confirmed before crews even arrive? The state of California has over 600 cameras that help! Previously, fire tower lookouts provided a necessary function for identifying and fighting new fires. Now, with the growth of technology, cameras throughout wilderness areas have helped firefighters and communities react quicker and smarter when fire emerges.
With an unprecedented fire season, more people have seen or experienced the detrimental effects of wildfires. Smoke damage is frequently an overlooked consequence from these fires. Not only can smoke be damaging to homes, but it can also be harmful to wildlife and to one’s health. In August and September, extreme wildfire activity throughout the western states created an abundance of smoke that spread across the continental U.S. Unfortunately, the widespread smoke caused an increase in hazardous air quality across the country. RedZone decided to take a closer look at the effects of smoke on health and on local wildlife and pets. Read more
Zeta is set to make landfall sometime Wednesday and Louisiana is in its sights for the fifth time in the last couple months. As the Atlantic’s record-tying 27th named storm of the year, Tropical Storm Zeta is forecast to become Hurricane Zeta sometime in the next 36 hours. Just one more storm named in 2020 and there will be a new record in the Atlantic region for named storms in a season. Way past the list of alphabet names for the season, storm names have moved on to the Greek alphabet for only the second time in history.
Wednesday was two months and one day since the Cameron Peak Fire started. The fire had grown to over 134,000 acres since starting way back on August 13th . Before yesterday’s 30,000 acre run the fire was already the state’s third largest in their history. Now, sitting at a record-setting 164,140 acres, the fire surpassed this season’s Pine Gulch Fire which was contained in September at just over 139,000 acres. It is now the largest on record in Colorado State history.
Boulder, CO, 08/03/2020
RedZone is pleased to announce that Kwong Yau has joined the company as the organization’s new Director of Risk Products. Kwong comes from the insurance industry and brings forth an immeasurable amount of industry knowledge and experience.
Kwong, who holds a Master In Science from Villanova University, began a +20 year career-long relationship in risk management and product development specializing in natural catastrophes. Kwong’s proven ability to link data and analytics into effective models along with his expertise in the insurance industry will prove to be a powerful combination as he leads the continued development of the RedZone RZRisk product suite.
Kwong is especially grateful for the opportunity to apply his past experience to the RedZone team whilst helping to grow the company’s footprint further. “I am very excited to use my skill sets and industry knowledge to build great RedZone products to meet the changing needs of our customers, develop relationships with existing customers, strengthen the RedZone brand across applicable industries, and generate sales and contribute to revenue growth. I am equally excited to collaborate and learn from the RedZone team.
As the founder and CEO of RedZone, Clark Woodward too is thrilled with the new appointment. “Kwong comes to us with extensive experience in the insurance industry which is already being applied to refine our products and interactions with customers. In his first week, Kwong has hit the ground running!”
By providing the most accurate, reliable, and up-to-date wildfire intelligence, value added analysis and field support, we serve our clients and their clients by aiding in the protection of property and assets, enhancing customer engagement and improving financial performance.
RedZone allows underwriters and insurers to take smarter risks by analyzing up-to-date disaster intelligence data and alerting clients of the potential catastrophic perils a property may face. RedZone has saved clients millions of dollars by reducing property loss claims whilst protecting the most valuable asset of all, their customers. RedZone’s Alert Dashboard pushes real-time alerts to insurers and brokers as soon as a wildfire, hurricane, earthquake threatens one of their customers.
Ever notice that wildfires seem to have generic names like the Valley Fire or seemingly random names like the Waldo Fire? Maybe wonder where wildfires get their names? Here at RedZone we took a look what the standards are for the wildfire naming criteria and the top names used historically in our wildfire database.
Category 3 Hurricane Douglas is looking very likely for a weekend arrival in Hawaii. Interestingly, the storm could make landfall, at hurricane strength, over the Big Island or Oahu for the first time since 1992. Most storms weaken before actually reaching the islands. Even if it is another near miss or weakens to tropical storm force, there is a high chance that strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall will affect portions of the state beginning late Saturday.
Boulder, CO, 07/06/2020
RedZone is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Wood as the organization’s next Director of Software Development. Matt brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience in software development.
With over two-decades of software and development experience, Matt has built and led numerous development and engineering teams across the globe. Prior to RedZone, Matt has held leadership and engineering roles at Cognizant, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and the Nations Center for Atmospheric Research.
Matt feels this is a tremendous opportunity in building new platforms to model and visualize natural disasters. “I’ve been a python developer for 21 years. I love GraphQL, data-analytics, architecture design, and mentoring others. I am excited to bring my past skills and passions to the RedZone team as we continue to define the wildfire and hurricane solution landscape.” As a Director of Software Development, Matt will oversee the RedZone software engineering team working on our growing suite of catastrophe monitoring and underwriting applications.
Clark Woodward, Founder and CEO of RedZone, says he and the rest of the team at RedZone are thrilled to have Matt join the team. “Matt’s background in building platforms that can scale rapidly is perfectly suited to the challenges that RedZone faces. Plus, he has an infectious enthusiasm and natural leadership style which makes him really fun to work with.”
By providing the most accurate, reliable, and up-to-date wildfire intelligence, value added analysis and field support, we serve our clients and their clients by aiding in the protection of property and assets, enhancing customer engagement and improving financial performance. RedZone is on a mission to help companies to build more resilient portfolios from wildfires in a changing climate and world.