According to a report from CBS13, a new firefighting retardant from Phos-Chek called Fortify is helping render high-risk vegetation non-flammable, coming at a crucial time as California fire crews ready for another active fire season.
Just last week, the Phos-Chek Fortify was being applied by ground crews in Temecula as planes dropped red retardant from above to stop the spread of active wildfires.
In addition, several miles near Lake Nacimiento in San Luis Obispo County is now coated with long-term retardant, creating a new extra layer of protection.
Nacimiento Lake Drive has been a hot spot for flames every year. The 2016 chimney fire burned more than 46,000 acres and destroyed 70 structures. It was all started by a car that ignited dry grass.
San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council Manager Dan Turner noted that roadside ignitions are one of the most common ignition sources.
The Fortify product basically adheres to or coats the vegetation, rendering it non-flammable. The vegetation chars and, if there were heat coming in, actually releases H20.