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Experiments with Calcium Chloride as a Forest Fire Retardent

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Because of its highly deliquescent nature, calcium chloride has a limited value in forest fire control. Its principal use is as a preventive measure, for when applied to combustible materials the chemical, by increasing moisture content, decreases inflammability. Because of its extreme solubility, the beneficial influence of the chloride disappears rapidly after precipitation. On going fires calcium chloride offers little promise because it does not dissolve as rapidly as commonly assumed, especially under the high temperatures and low humidities which accompany burning conditions.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Silviculturist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: 01 May 1933

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