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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.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Silviculturist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: May 1, 1933

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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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