This may be a dumb question but...can gasoline fires be extinguished with, say, rain?
This question is actually for a story I'm writing. Something in the story will be soaked with gasoline and lit on fire in the midst of hurricane rain. Would the item's fire be extinguished? I've heard water simply spreads the gasoline since it is denser than water. But I am not too sure. Any opinions?
Gasoline is lighter then water, so if its more gasolin then water can actually help growing fire. But as you mentioned rain water, it sprinkles from the top and allows surrounding areas to get wet too so yes it will eventually extinguish fire.
I agree with ktnpti. A small gasoline flam, such as a match, can easily be extinguished with water. However, gasoline floating on water will only be extinguished until more water is applied to the flame from above, or the amount of gasoline present is consumed in the fire. It that happens, the fire extinguishes itself. A gasoline fire with a continuing source of fuel will only be extinguished when either the supply of gasoline is stopped or the flame is deprived of oxygen.
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