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Recent Mechanical and Other Innovations in National Forest Fire Control

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The year 1931 gave evidence that encouraging progress in fire protection is being made on the national forests. In spite of exceptionally unfavorable fire weather and an alarming increase in incendiarism, the acreage loss was held under the five-year average. Much of the success is due to improved organization and particularly to an impressive list of new tools and power equipment for building protection roads, fire breaks and fire lines. The author discusses these and other aids and how they have helped speed up fire suppression, and calls attention to further improvements that should follow present experiments.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Chief Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.

Publication date: February 1, 1932

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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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