Raging Wildfires Might be a Thing of the Past
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a preventive treatment for wildfires. And, it looks like the treatment will be able to reduce the incidences in a major way. Moreover, they might also help in reducing the impact of the fires. The Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences is carrying the details of this approach. And, it is noteworthy that the gel-like fluid acts as a retardant, that stays impactful longer that conventional ones.
Firefighting the Proactive Way
Certain areas are prone to ignitions. So far, concerned teams have monitored such areas, waiting for signs of a fire. And. Then comes the cation part of it. So, basically, their approach has been reactive. The Stanford team has directed their efforts to changing this picture.
It is worth noting that fires suppressants are a part of the overall wildfire prevention strategy. But, so far, the ammonium phosphate and derivatives-based variants failed efforts massively. It is mainly because these are unable to capture retardants for a longer duration. As retardants evaporate, which is often with a few hours, chances of fires get back to before application of these compounds.
Here is where the Stanford researchers play a critical role. The gel like fluid retains ability to prevent fires in peak season. This includes withstanding exposure to weather elements which wipes-off conventional variants.
Benefits in a Nutshell
As climate change wreaks havoc world over, it is crucial to find ways to save what’s left of forests. Hotter weather and longer summers are restraining this goal in a big way. As now, the wildfires are more intense and duration is longer.
Noteworthy here is that the fluid might be able to save millions of dollars of the United States government. About USD 3 billion burnt up with fires in 2018. Many shook as this was the highest ever. Also, recent Amazon fire in Brazil were eye-opening, if not shattering environmentally-speaking.