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How firefighters use fire tents as a last resort

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Fire tents are tightly packed cubes of folded aluminum, fiberglass and fabric that can reflect 95 percent of fire's radiant heat. Firefighters carry them on their belts, and are trained to only use these tents as a last resort. 

Bill Streever has been embedded with fire crews and is the author of "Heat: Adventures In The World's Fiery Places." He joins the show today to talk more on how fire tents work in the field. 

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