There’s a new gel-like liquid that sticks to vegetation for months. This means that we can finally end the mother’s nature pain and stop the fires.
It was created by an engineer, who is a former fire-prevention forester. The spray could be used one day to save nature from burning, with a significant amount of forest fires every year.
If we coat some of the vast areas of vegetation – especially susceptible areas – we hope to put an end to the future fire outbreaks.
This gel can make wildland firefighting way much more proactive, and not reactive. This comes from engineer Eric Appel, from Stanford University. They are currently monitoring the wildfire-prone areas, then wait for the fires to start, they rush in the place to put them out.
When firefighters responded at the site with active fires, they used retardants, like inorganic salt ammonium polyphosphate (APP), which, when it gets burned, it creates water.
But there is one problem: it only works in the short-term because that water will evaporate at some point. And in wildfires, that might take an hour.
This new gel is a sticky, fire-resilient carrier for all of these chemical retardants. It is made from plant material, which is based on cellulose – it embraces vegetation through rain, wind, or shine.
The creators also say that it’s not toxic and that we can safely spray it onto the environment, by using the existing agricultural equipment or an aircraft.
So far, they tested it on the grass and then on chamise, and in both cases, it was proved to work ultimately, after a heavy rainfall. In comparison with others – which provided so little, next to nothing protection – we think this gel could really save us. There’s no tool comparable to this, according to Alan Peters, who’s the CalFire division chief, who monitored the test burns.