Today I had the opportunity to shoot a documentary short on a new factory here in Rancho Cucamonga.
The plant is where a chemical company, ICL Peformance Products, makes the red-colored fire retardant dropped from aircraft on wildfires worldwide. The product is called Phos-Chek. The new factory, which began operation in the city this month, is already busy churning out red powder in anticipation of the coming fire season.
Phos-Chek is shipped to the global marketplace, where it’s used in places like Spain, Italy, France, Canada, in addition to here in the United States.
But why is it red and how does it work? I always wondered about that.