Stanford University researchers have developed a gel-like substance that can prevent wildfires from starting. To prove its effectiveness, the team applied this gel to fire-prone areas and reportedly lasts much longer than other fire prevention methods. The goal is to treat high-risk areas in hopes of stopping fires before they event start.
The new materials used in this gel are capable of maintaining the active fire retardants on vegetation through inclement weather and environmental exposure, thus allowing for a single annual treatment to prevent ignitions throughout the peak fire season. Currently, the substance can be applied by plane or spraying equipment on the ground. Most importantly of all, it’s already been approved by the US EPA as well as the California EPA and contains ingredients that the FDA has deemed safe for use in the human body.