SMITHVILLE, Texas -- The memory of the Bastrop Labor Day fires in 2011 won't soon be forgotten.
That's why researchers with the Texas A&M Forest Service were excited to test a fire retardant product that could save lives and land in the future.
It looks like the green slime that the Ghostbusters captured and put in tanks for the betterment of mankind, but this is no movie. The green slime, also known as TetraKO, is very real. It's 50 percent corn starch, and it can better mankind by serving as a fire retardant.
"Not only can it put fires out and keep fires from spreading, but it's also environmentally friendly and also very good for water conservation," said Scott Bocklund, the president of EarthClean Corporation, the company that makes TetraKO.
On Wednesday, the Texas A&M Forest Service tested TetraKO on three separate one-acre plots of land in Smithville. Engineers were trying to determine if it could work as a longer midterm retardant, meaning it could last on the ground for 24 hours after being sprayed.
Normally, 1 percent of the product is mixed with 99 percent water. Another test varied these concentrations. Other tests involved residential homes.