60325443 story Researchers Experiment With Explosives To Fight Wildfires 80 Posted by Soulskill on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @03:21PM from the my-kind-of-stupid dept. aesoteric writes: "Australian researchers are a step closer to demonstrating whether explosives — rather than water — can be used to extinguish an out-of-control wildfire. The research uses a blast of air to knock the flame off its fuel source — a technique used in the oil & gas industry for decades. The latest tests were conducted in New Mexico. Firefighters are reported to be quietly optimistic about the research's potential."