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August 2011
Smoke and Fire Retardant Effects on Foliage, Juice and Wine Quality
by James A. Stamp
During the late summer of 2010, a severe September heat spike, combined with stiff westerly winds, resulted in the breakout of a series of wildfires in several Northern California locations. Vine damage caused by a wildfire adjacent and upwind of a premium North Coast Pinot Noir vineyard was investigated. After the flames had subsided, it was found that vines had been directly affected by heat, smoke and fire retardant dropped in and around the vineyard to douse the fire. Fire Retardant Damag...
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