Although, this year, fire crews sprayed a slightly different type of fire retardant around the Rose Bowl Wednesday in preparation of this year’s Americafest on July 4, Sierra Madre Fire Marshal Richard Snyder said the outcome is all the same, safety.
Snyder has for years overseen the yearly spraying of 14,000 gallons of Phos-Chek, a substance of phosphate and fertilizer around the Arroyo Seco which includes the edges of Rose Bowl parking area.
“The other one was fine,” he said about the new retardant which is all liquid verses a dry/liquid mix. “This one has a lot less phosphates in it, it’s just as effective. This one is a little harder to prepare, you have to be exact. We have certain window [of salt content] where it won’t work if it’s too low or you’ll waste it if it’s too high.”