In several regions of the world, fires rage through hundreds and even thousands of acres, and there is effectively little response that stops the fire, especially coupled with bad winds and extreme temperatures, not to mention dryness. We can dig ditches, fly over the fire with charter planes and other aircraft so as to try to put the fire out by dumping water. Short of this however, little has been devised to stop fires.
In theory, would it be possible to build some kind of bomb that carries a massive amount of some kind of compressed agent that puts out fire upon explosion? Perhaps on a molecular level there are agents that have been engineered to repel fire, and that can be built on so as to do so even more efficiently. If they were built into a big enough bomb, the explosion over a vast area of forest might seriously reduce an otherwise totally uncontrollable fire.
Perhaps otherwise, helicopters could carry some kind of really, really big fire blanket that they drop over patches of forest for say 20 minutes before lifting them back up again. Or, simply lower and detach until the fire is out. That might seriously reduce the infernos some areas experience, where other planes could come in afterwards with water that would much more effectively put out the remains.
I ask this only because it seems like since I was a kid, big forest fires have always been handled in the same way: People evacuate, helicopters and planes come in and dump water and voila. While this does help, mostly the region just remains totally helpless to the overall natural catastrophe. However, surely something could be engineered to combat these terrible tragedies, since there are so many different possible approaches. Smothering, water, human-engineered liquids, etc. With the devastation of our climate, it seems more pertinent than ever.