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
Central States Forest Experiment Station
Publication date: February 1, 1931
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