Maybe this is something California could try. These wildfires just seem to keep coming to California.
...goo can act as a delivery medium to coat vegetation with flame retardant, and keep it there for the whole fire season. If adopted widely (Appel has founded a startup to commercialize it) the gel could become a sort of vaccine against wildfires, applied around the roads and utility infrastructure where 84 percent of California’s 300,000 fires in the last decade have ignited.
That is a pretty high percentage of fires to be ignited. Thinking of the cost of lives and property, seems like it could be something at least to try. Especially since it is environmentally safe and lasts through fire season.
What you end up with is a vaccine for the contagion that is wildfire, which spreads from shrub to shrub, tree to tree, home to home. And like with any contagion, the strategy shouldn’t be to run around frantically once the plague hits, but to vaccinate against it with a gel like this, as well as clearing brush around every house in a mountain town.
California, it might just be time for your fire shot.