Air Force officer wants to use bombs to fight California wildfires... It sounds ridiculous, but it’s an idea that's grounded in physics.
NEW YORK POST reports:
He wants to fight fire with firepower.
An Air Force staff officer says firefighters battling blazes in California and Colorado should take a page from Sweden’s playbook and drop bombs on the conflagrations to extinguish them.
On its surface, the notion flies in the face of logic — how could an explosion put out a fire? But USAF Staff Officer Mike Benitez says shockwaves caused by detonation can blow out fires like candles on a birthday cake.
“This was recently put into practice in Sweden, where a Gripen fighter jet from the Swedish Air Force dropped a single 500-pound bomb on a forest fire, momentarily depriving the blaze of oxygen and successfully extinguishing it within 100 yards of the detonation point,” wrote Benitez, a former Marine and current Air Force officer, on his blog warontherocks.com.
Indeed, the Swedes delivered the fire-fighting payload on July 25 when a blaze that traditional firefighters could not reach began to threaten a residential community, according to vehicle-tech website The Drive.