New WEEDS Installation in Descanso, CA
Designing a WEEDS System
Over the past year or so, several new water spray systems that are based on the WEEDS wildfire protection system have come online – two in California and one in Montana. A number of common questions and problems came out of these installations, and I’d like to take this opportunity to present the lessons learned.
Where are the plans for WEEDS?
WEEDS Featured on 10News San Diego
Ramona Man's Invention May Protect Homes From Wildfires
Physicist Joseph Mitchell Developed WEEDS System
11:59 PM, Sep 22, 2009
A Ramona physicist may have invented the last line of defense against wildfires, 10News reported.
Even after clearing brush from his home, Joseph Mitchell, Ph.D. said he did not feel safe if a fire were to happen.
Presentation to the Fire & Materials 2007 Conference
Powerpoint presentation for download
Accompanying Article (.pdf)
Extended Abstract (.pdf)
("Firebrand Protection as the Key Design Element for Structure Survival during Catastrophic Wildland Fires", Co-authored with Oren Patashnik and containing statistical results on curved-tile roofing. Presented Jan. 31, 2007 in San Francisco)