Former 26 year Fire Chief sprays California Dry Vegetation Wild Fire Fuel and 2 hours later it shut down the advance of the raw untreated dry fuel set on fire and when it hit what was sprayed it would not burn.
M-Fire proved it again on Oct. 17th by spraying a small amount of its UL GreenGuard Gold clean fire inhibitor chemistry. The chemistry snuffs out the advance of a wild fire when it dry to the bone by clinging to Cali typical flammable dead dry vegetation. We are seeking the attention of Cal Fire now, because in a side by side wild fire brush competition burn we will out perform any of the chemistry they are using. Please Ciick to See Video.
When you span the lower elevations of mountains across Southern California, you'll see that they're covered in bunches of grass, bursting from hillsides like small tufts of wayward hair. Dense amounts of grasses have squeezed in between the native coastal sage brush and chaparral. The grasses are invasive and have provided the perfect fuel to start the fires that have torn through the mountains of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties, destroying habitats and homes.
"The invasive grasses have had a major role in most of the fires this year," said Richard Minnich, professor in the department of earth sciences at UC Riverside. "The fires have largely been at low elevations where exotic annual grassland is most abundant. And the amount of grass and biomass was unusually high this year because of the heavy rains last winter."
The Thomas fire began in grass and rapidly spread to shrubs and old chaparral that hadn't burned in years. The Creek fire saw a similar scenario play out as well, Minnick said.
Following the heavy rains in January and February, the grasses are taller and a lot more dense than years prior. Since then, Californian's lived through an exceptionally hot and dry year, to the point that nary a drop of rain has fallen during the traditional rainy season that started Oct. 1. What that means is that the dryness of those grasses might've been tempered by precipitation in December, remain parched and ready to burn.
"The grass is definitely predominant in a lot of these fires," said Scott McLean, deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protect. Although Cal Fire has not officially determined how the blazes started, McLean said all it would only take a spark to set them the grasses aflame.
The most common invasive grasses are wild oats, red brome and foxtail. When there's a disturbance to the local environment – be it from development, grazing, the clearing of area to prevent fires or fires themselves – the invasive plants are there to fill the void.
"Invasive annuals and perennial grasses make it more likely for fire ignition to occur," wrote Philip Rundel who studies California's fire ecology at UC Los Angeles. "Once we have a fire, however, these generally contribute little to fire spread or intensity."
Fires across the Southern California landscape have never been rare, and are part of a natural process. Chaparral and California sage scrub are resilient when they have 10 to 20 years to recover in between burns. However, invasive grass establish more quickly, upping the chance that the same environment might catch fire earlier, inhibiting the recuperation of native species. The grasses also burn at a lower temperature than the shrubs, meaning their seeds can survive, giving them a better chance to propagate.
On October 17, in Bellevue Washington, M-Fire proved again that we make all wood structures safer in fire when sprayed as they go vertical. Next week, we will prove it once again in another NE Fire Training Center. Since we have been proving our applied fire science on wood framing all around he country in front of Fire Officials, we are now proving it as a proactive wild fire defense on dry vegetation. It’s obvious that when wild fires are put out faster with less people it could have an impact on firefighters overtime but with all the many wild fires we are having, hopefully that is not their concern because their safety is our concern.
We are hoping when things slow down a bit for Cal Fire, they will join us to test our chemistry verses what they have been using. Fire Retardants ability to help arrest fire faster then water is measured by ignition time, flames spread speed and smoke index. We would like to compare those kind of results on the current chemistries being used verses ours.