Does A Forest or Wild Fire Resistant Product that is Actually Safe for Fish, Wildlife and the Environment Exists? YES!
As we have recently seen in California and now in Australia, wildfires and forest fires are one of nature’s most devastating natural forces. They can literally devour large swaths of forest and grassland in minutes and hours leaving a path of destruction to both wildlife and humankind.
Over the years, many products and techniques have been developed and used to battle these blazes and more solutions continue to be sought. With the recent developments in technologies, so many tools have been developed to monitor these fire breakouts, giving firefighters many tools to gain a better understanding of how these fires get started and grow and also allows them to monitor the fire’s progress. But it seems little has been accomplished in the progress to control or extinguish the problem.
As one can imagine, the first concern when a fire breaks out is containing the blaze itself. That becomes the fire fighter’s immediate priority. Firefighter crews create what’s known as firebreaks or fire lines around the perimeter of a blaze with the idea of stripping the land of any potential fuel source such as dry brush or grass.
Over the years, many methods have been and continue to be used to combat wild and forest fires. We have all seen the tragic images on television of firefighters, planes and helicopters working to bring the fires under control or stopping them all together.
We have all seen on the evening and late news water and fire retardants being used to assist fighting wild and forest fires. What is not so commonly known is that some of these mixtures often contain ammonium phosphate salts and other additives which are typically dropped on wood fuel in advance of a fire. The salts promote charring of wood materials so the mixture continues to provide fire retardancy after the water has evaporated. The distinctive bright red coloring is an added dye that makes it easier for responders to keep track of treated areas.
While theses mixtures are generally not considered harmful to humans, these firefighting products can cause unintended harm to ecosystems if they are not used carefully. Components of these mixtures can be toxic to aquatic life and if accidentally dropped into streams or bodies of water will destroy or measurably kill the fish populations by releasing ammonia when the retardants dissolve once dispensed. Ammonia, the Forest Service says, is the most toxic ingredient in long-term fire retardants. A release of hundreds or thousands of gallons of fire retardant can wipe out fish life for miles along a stream, according to the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE).
The US Forest Service has had a policy of not dropping retardant within 300 or more feet of waterways.
“For these reasons and others, currently new and unknown technologies that could benefit the public and firefighters and provide an additional layer of safety, are always being sought to fight fires with one of the primary focuses being containment of the fires by restricting access to new fuel sources.
Enter FireShield, a new firefighting technology safe for wild and aquatic life that provides a superior fire barrier by coating ground cover with a nontoxic solution that will work wet or dry. FireShield is an environmentally friendly fire retardant and suppressant. The base technology has previously carried an NSF/60 certification rating, certifying the technology safe for use around potable water.
Wood or other combustible materials treated with FireShield will not combust when coming in contact with an ignition source. Once the materials have been treated, wet or dry, the treated materials will not combust, and once FireShield breaks down and decomposes it leaves no harmful byproducts behind to endanger wildlife or the environment.
As viewed in the video presented here (here) , the treated match and wood stick does not burn while the untreated wood stick and match do.
So, what is FireShield? FireShield comes from a family of products known as PetroLuxus™ which were developed over twenty years ago. The products are proprietary in nature and were originally developed to liberate hydrocarbons from a variety of materials and media and is an inorganic compound and thus contains no organic compounds, toxic metals, or their salts. During the development process, other attributes of the PetroLuxus™ chemistry were realized thus allowing for the formation of other products including the fire retardant, FireShield. PetroLuxus™ products have also previously carried an NSF/ANSI 60 certification rating making the products safe to use around drinking water, wildlife, aquatic life and plants. Short answer, FireShield is environmentally safe and the product is currently about to undergo the Recertification process.
Once FireShield breaks down and decomposes it will leave no harmful byproducts behind to endanger wild or aquatic life or the environment.
So, what makes FireShield work so well? FireShield was designed to be an oxygen scavenger and therefore does not allow any oxygen to associate with the matter that it has come in contact with. This oxygen scavenging attribute along with its inorganic chemical makeup make for a perfect combination to fight forest and wild fires using current methods of distribution by air drops. Nontoxic dyes can be added to the product making the product easier for responders to keep track of treated areas such as are currently commonly used.
It may be possible that FireShield could be used in high risk areas near powerlines and other ignition sources to prevent fires from even starting thereby reducing or eliminating the threat of forest or wildfires altogether with regular treatments, eliminating the need for power supply companies to shut off power to help prevent fires from starting. No one wants to go without electricity and the fact that the power grid is shut off is indicative the system is broke and needs a different approach to solve the problems.
At the same time, structural wood such as used in residential and commercial construction could also be treated in a similar way that wood is currently treated for insect and rot resistance which could help to reduce or slow down residential and commercial fires.
Imagine the possibilities, homes that will not burn. The FireShield product is currently ready for market and distributed through Ascension Technologies, Inc., a Houston Texas based company.