Could A New Gel Prevent California’s Deadly Wildfires?

Working to prevent wildfires in California has come with its own set of challenges. This year, California’s largest utility, PG&E, announced that it will cut off power on high-wind days to prevent sparks from turning into fires, which is a good safety precaution but has also proved cumbersome for residents and businesses. However, a newly-developed spray-on sticky gel might soon provide long-term protection against wildfires–something that other flame retardants haven’t been able to do effectively.Why This Matters: In California, about 70% of wildfires break out near known ignition hazards, such as roads which means that scientists and officials have a decent idea of the zones that can be blanket sprayed with flame retardants.

 

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