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OSU professor studies the finer points of how fires spread

Dr. David Blunck at work

We understand--more than we want to--that burning trees and bushes send embers into the air, embers that can start spot fires downwind.

That's the short story, but there's more to it, like which trees put out more firebrands than others? That knowledge could help us predict how fast and far fires could spread.

This is the kind of research Dr. David Blunck does at Oregon State University, in the Mechanical Engineering school. And he shares it through the Geology Lecture series at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

The series starts anew for the academic year with Dr. Blunck's lecture, online Tuesday (October 12) at 7 PM.

We grab the lecturer for an advance chat about the subject matter.

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