Below is an excellent study regarding flying embers and how they are responsible for much of our loss during wildfires. MFB Cannons and Drones, when used proactively will shut down advancing fires and flying embers better than any wild fire defense that has ever been used on the entire planet, and even better, the chemistry is safer than what is currently being used.
Researchers plan to use the information to better predict how wildfires spread.
Oregon had its most expensive wildfire season ever in 2018 — with more than a half billion dollars spent on fire suppression, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Testing the spot fire potential of different tree species is part of a new $2.1 million effort by OSU and the U.S. Forest Service to study fire behavior. Fire models created from the research will help guide wildfire responses as well as prescribed burning, according to OSU.
The work is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Airborne embers can travel more than a mile, jumping wildfire containment lines, highways and rivers to start new spot fires among trees and homes.
Most past research has focused on how those embers travel and ignite various types of flammable material, according to Oregon State University scientists. In the new study, OSU scientists looked at the trees that are producing embers.
They burned different species of trees and counted the number of flying embers produced, and how many of those embers were hot enough to leave char marks on fabric. The char marks revealed which of the sparks could have started new spot fires.
Douglas fir produced only slightly more embers than Ponderosa pine. But the Douglas fir embers were twice as likely to leave char marks. In addition, the team used dead, dry trees since live, moist trees resist torching. The Ponderosa pine had to be dried longer than the other trees to ensure ignition. Ponderosa, a drought-tolerant tree, had a much higher moisture content than the other trees even with the extra drying time, according to study data.
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