Australian Researcher Studies Using Explosives to Fight Wildfires

An Australian researcher is studying the possibility of fighting wildland fires with explosives.

USA Today reports ( that Professor Graham Doig of the University of New South Wales compares the idea to the technique oilfield firefighters use to battle oil-well fires.

In the case of wildfires, Doig says, an explosion could knock the fire out of intensely burning trees and onto the ground, where firefighters could more easily reach it.

Doig conducted larger-scale experiments in January at a bomb-testing site in New Mexico. In videos made of the test, a shockwave from the explosion neatly snuffs out a three-foot-high flame shooting out of a propane burner.

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