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Fire Retardant Could Be 'Game-changer' in Fighting Wildfires

Trees and the ground are covered with flame resistant retardant during the Dixie Fire in Aug. 2021. 

Trees and the ground are covered with flame resistant retardant during the Dixie Fire in Aug. 2021. 

Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

Boise, Idaho (AP) -- U.S. officials on Tuesday approved a long-lasting fire retardant that could significantly aid in fighting increasingly destructive wildfires by stopping them before they ever start.

The U.S. Forest Service approved Perimeter Solutions’ fire retardant that is intended to be used as a preventative measure and can last for months.