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The details of how wildfire-spreading embers behave have largely been shrouded in mystery, so guidance on protecting buildings from them is thin. But NIST’s new emberometer, which can track and size up the elusive particles, may shed some much needed light on the issue and help lay the foundation for cost-effective guidelines in building codes.
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The details of how wildfire-spreading embers behave have largely been shrouded in mystery, so guidance on protecting buildings from them is thin. But NIST’s new emberometer, which can track and size up the elusive particles, may shed some much needed light on the issue and help lay the foundation for cost-effective guidelines in building codes.