A senior Air Force official wants to drop bombs on uncontrolled wildfires in California and Colorado in the hope that shock waves will shut them down.
Mike Benitez, staff officer for the USAF, noted that Sweden successfully employed the unorthodox strategy in its own forest fires last month.
The Scandinavian country threw a 500-pound bomb on a fire in a military ammunition field on July 25, which burned for two weeks and threatened homes.
Sweden dropped a 500-pound bomb on a fire in a military ammunition field on July 25 that burned for two weeks and threatened houses
The Swedish authorities fought to contain the fire before resorting to the unorthodox method
The bomb "momentarily deprived the oxygen blaze and extinguished it successfully within 100 yards of the detonation point."
Mr. Benitez wrote in his blog that the bomb "momentarily deprived the oxygen flare and extinguished it successfully within 100 meters of the detonation point".
He argued that the United States Air Force would develop pumps optimized for fire fighting in a detailed publication on international research.
"The Air Force can place a bomb anywhere in the world within a three-foot circle, extremely close to friendly forces on the ground, all while avoiding collateral damage to buildings and infrastructure," he wrote.
The same personnel, equipment and procedures could be easily adapted and integrated in the fight against fires.
Mike Benitez, USAF personnel officer, wants to drop bombs on wildfires in California and Colorado in the hope that shock waves will shut them down.
The fire continues to grow in the midst of a heat wave and has now burned 10,236 acres while only five percent remains. On the photo: Lake Elsinore on Thursday
Firefighters are fighting to protect their homes at Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California
Firefighter Andrew Brake died Thursday in a traffic collision on his way to the Carr fire in northern California
A plywood structure burns during the Sacred Fire on Lake Elsinore. The evacuation orders were expanded to more than 20,000 residents, although some owners stayed behind to defend themselves from the flames
The Carr Fire has burned more than 173,000 acres and contains 47 percent
"An integrated air traffic controller with firefighters could use close air support procedures to direct air strikes.
"For the Air Force, there is a lot to gain and nothing to lose, for those affected by the fires, they have nothing to gain and much to lose."
The weapon chosen would be BLU-129 / B bombs with low collateral damage of 500 pounds thrown by bombers B-1, since they have a bigger shock wave and less shrapnel.
Mr. Benitez also suggested that supersonic aircraft could fly low and near fires and use the sonic boom to produce the same effect on the ground.
The images of the drones show charred forests, burned trees, desolate neighborhoods and sterile fields near Reading, California.
The city is surrounded by mountains to the north, east and west and fertile lands to the south
An officer of the US Air Force UU He proposed that bombs be thrown to put out the flames. In the image: a fire helicopter drops a drop of water while the Sacred Fire burns near the houses in Lake Elsinore, California
A firefighter works while the Sacred Fire burns near homes on Thursday in Lake Elsinore, California
Eight people, including three firefighters, died and hundreds of houses were destroyed by the forest fires that devastated California in recent days.
The Carr fire has burned more than 173,000 acres and contains 47 percent. Cal Fire officials said he was not sure when it would be completely contained.
California firefighters are fighting more than a dozen forest fires that have burned more than 600,000 acres. Until the fires are completely contained, the smoke now covers three quarters of the state.
Other fires still raging in California include the fast-moving sacred fire, which has displaced 20,000 people and only contains five percent.