How fire retardant works

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Beaver Fire, MD-87, T-103, South Dakota,
An MD-87, probably Tanker 103, drops on the Beaver Fire west of Wind Cave National Park September 13, 2017. Photo by Herb Ryan used with permission.

The American Chemical Society produced this video that provides some information about how fire retardant, such as the slurry dropped by air tankers, works to slow the spread of a wildfire.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “How fire retardant works”

  1. Retardant still made with a horrible chemical that doesn’t break down and is known to cause major tumors and other diseases and builds up in the food chain?


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