Why are we dumping fertilizer on wildfires?

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Reactions Science Videos | July 30, 2019

When wildfires break out on hot, windy days, they pose a serious threat to people and the environment. This week on Reactions, learn how firefighters are using fertilizer to keep dangerous blazes at bay.


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Fighting wildfires

Concerns about the chemicals used to fight wildfires

Phos-Chek

Toxic chemicals after wildfire

What are they dumping on wildfires?

Pesticides and wildfire suppression chemicals

Firefighting products

Retardants in fire suppression

Class A foams

Red slurry toxicity

Phos-Chek website

Controversy over fire retardants

Fire retardant changes

Battling wildfires from the sky

Green Science Policy Institute report on flame retardants

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