The wildfires in the Northwest that have claimed the lives of three firefighters brings up the importance of this new research being developed by former firefighters, research that will actually have useful applications in the field. The current standard, according to these researchers, of determining safety zones during a wildfire, is not enough. They are going into the heart of wildfires to develop a more precise formula for determining safety zones that will hopefully save firefighter lives.
When asked what the motivation for this research was:
"…their motivation is tragedies like yesterday. They think casualties from fires are preventable. They don't think firefighters should be putting themselves in these dangerous areas."