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Spring 2005 edition contains WEEDS: Wind Enabled Ember Dousing System. p. 32


wildfireHere are some references behind the article
WEEDS: Firebrand Defense for the “Typical Catastrophe”

The ideas underlying the WEEDS concept, the proposition that firebrands are responsible for a preponderance of home ignitions, and other concepts put forward in this article come from a number of sources. For those interested in further research, here they are.

(published in The San Diego Reader, April 29, 2004)

Engineering a Miracle
by Joseph W. Mitchell
Copyright 2004, all rights reserved.

“I dreamed that we had a fountain on our roof,” she said. “We’d just push this button and out would come this spray of water, pssssssht, far up into the air and all over the house.”

We both laughed at the idea. We were acclimating to the Southern California weather after relocating from the cool dampness of northern Europe, and were experiencing the punishing heat of August to October. Ramona is a hot place, and for some reason our home’s little microclimate is a bit hotter still. We’ve seen 100o in February, and had highs in the 100’s for a week straight. Our local record is 117o. It was not surprising that my wife, Diane Conklin, would dream of cool fountains. Having one on the roof, well, that was a bit odd.