A global problem

A global problem – we have the solution

Wildfires are responsible for as much as a third of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Climate change only creates more wildfires. Our solution could decrease global carbon dioxide emissions by 10–20 per cent.

Problem – the Earth is burning at an ever-increasing speed. Increasing areas of irreparable nature are destroyed every day for the lack of a more efficient fire prevention method.

Approximately 350 million hectares are destroyed by wildfires and forest fires around the globe every year. This corresponds to the surface area of India. The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) estimates that one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions are released from fires. Some burn-down areas become deserts, carbon sinks are permanently lost and the burden on the atmosphere increases.

All this is bad news for Mother Earth and for us. Climate change adds by increasing both the number and severity of wildfires and forest fires. Both the number of wildfires and the impacted area have increased steadily since the 1980s. Due to dryness and high temperatures, wildfires have spread some 41,500 km2 wider than what can be attributed to normal variation in climate. Losses have been financially significant, too.

But we can afford it – or can we?

As an irreplaceable part of nature is destroyed and humus and vegetation burnt, a wider chain reaction also takes place: erosion, mud flows in mountains when wildfire is followed by heavy rains on one hand and, on the other hand, extreme drought or, in the worst case, desertification. This is how the Sahara and Kalahari deserts were created,

In Arctic areas, such as Alaska, Greenland, Sweden and Russian Siberia, black coal released in wildfires and forest fires settles on the areas of melting permafrost. Black coal further accelerates the melting of snow and glaciers which, in turn, increases the prevalence of extreme weather conditions. These conditions, as a chain reaction, may cause irrevocable climate changes. There is no price tag for the resulting ecological catastrophe.

There are, obviously, a range of firefighting strategies developed to solve the ever-increasing problem, but the primary extinguishing methods have been water, a mixture of water and additives, or clearing combustible humus and vegetation. These methods are hopelessly slow and inefficient in the case of a major fire. Clearing and extinguishing by water also require a lot of workforce on site, thus putting rescue personnel at risk.

We at Xpyro have developed an innovative way to prevent wildfires and forest fires.

The solution – an innovative firefighting strategy using Bonsoguard fire prevention agents

The current fire detergents and strategies alone are not sufficient or effective enough to mitigate the ever-increasing problem of wildfires and forest fires. Our innovative non-toxic fire prevention agents will help to solve this global problem by allowing the use a new, preventive and more efficient firefighting strategy that can be implemented using traditional firefighting methods.

The Xpyro Bonsoguard products are not traditional firefighting detergents. Bonsoguard Prefirex is a fire prevention agent that is spread in the terrain to form a chemical firebreak in order to proactively prevent wildfires and forest fires in susceptible areas. Bonsoguard Smolderex is an excellent post-fire agent for extinguishing smouldering underground fires. It penetrates even the driest soil and efficiently extinguishes peat and other smouldering fires. It is non-toxic, and the remains are absorbed in the soil.

In addition to being highly effective extinguishing agents, the Bonsoguard products can also be used to proactively prevent reignition. The products are fast and easy to spray using existing firefighting equipment to create a firebreak for raging wildfire and thus protect high-risk areas and sites. The Bonsoguard fire prevention agents are also a cost-efficient way to proactively prevent wildfires and minimise their skyrocketing costs.

We are constantly mapping global pilot projects and partners on all fire-prone continents.

Opportunity – cutting 10–20% of global CO2 emissions, saving billions in resources

According to some estimates, some 10–20 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions can be cut using Bonsoguard products. Some studies estimate that as much as 5 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions are generated in peat fires in Indonesia, for example.

The financial costs of a single wildfire may also be shocking. For example, the costs of Camp Fire in California in 2018 were tens of billions of dollars, which would not be sustainable for the state at an annual level. The political consequences are a story of their own.

Xpyro offers training, consultation and information in wildfires and forest fires all around the world. Our experts Timo Heikkilä and Mike Jurvélius have some fifty years of experience in the field on all fire-prone continents. The Wildland Fire Management Handbook for Trainers by FAO has been circulated in 160 countries for over 30 million people to read.

We help people to manage fire and work with it in a correct way using forest management measures and fire prevention agents all around the world. Nevertheless, there have always been and will always be wildfires. Most fires today are man-made. Some 6 billion hectares of woods have been destroyed by man, leaving only some 4 billion hectares today.

Let’s save the world’s carbon sinks together!

Expertise in wildfire management in all continents

Our Global Fire Prevention Expert Mike Jurvélius has uniquely extensive experience in the fields of forestry and fire safety. His network, skills and know-how in the prevention of wildfires and forest fires gathered over the decades is ideal for disseminating information on Bonsoguard to fire-prone areas all around the world.

Mike Jurvélius has worked in Vancouver in Canada, the Philippines, Tanzania and Africa, among other places, during his career that has spanned over 50 years. He has seen all kinds of devices, animals, a variety of firefighting equipment and various attitudes towards fire over the years. Mike Jurvélius has trained firefighting professionals more effective fire prevention strategies and local people to use fire in a safer way. For example, his fire prevention training in seven African countries has saved as much as 10 to 20 million hectares of forest every year.

Mike Jurvélius’ undisputable and much-praised expertise has been recorded in a number of reports and publications, including the Wildland Fire Management Handbook for Trainers by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, distributed in 160 countries. His employers and partners include the UN, FAO, Global Fire Monitoring Center GFMC and Global Wildland Fire Network GWFN, to name but a few.

Contact us to find out more

Esa Peltola
Sales Director
esa.peltola@xpyro.fi
+358 400 331 785

Mike Jurvélius
Global Fire Prevention Expert
mike.jurvelius@xpyro.fi
+358 40 415 0358

Timo Heikkilä
Global Fire Prevention Expert
timo.heikkila@xpyro.fi
+358 40 584 4274