Possibilities of Fire-Extinguishing Chemicals in Fighting Forest Fires

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The author poiuts to the discovery of the great fire-extinguishing properties of the water-soluble salts of certain alkali metals. An experiment is described which indicates that a solution of potassium carbonate has greater efficiency than water alone in extinguishing fires in dense grass and weed cover. Althongh many fire-protective agencies now use special equipment for applying water to forest fires, very little thought has been given to the possibility of increasing the efficiency of water by the addition of chemicals.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Central States Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: February 1, 1931

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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