A NASA prototype could save the lives of firefighters as blazes erupt in western U.S.

Nearly 40 large wildfires now burn across the United States. 

Blazes are expected this time of year, with hot air, dry land, and gusty winds stoking big fires throughout the western U.S. But today, twice as much land is burned than in the early 1980s, when the U.S. Forest Service started keeping good fire records each year. 

As hotter climes and increased drought parch the land, this means that modern wildland firefighters are exposed to more flames than they have been since record keeping began. 

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By: Mashable - 5 days ago

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