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Backfiring to Control Chaparral Fires

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On October 23, 1935, in Los Angeles County, Calif., four major forest conflagrations broke out within a period of ten hours. Two of these fires, which eventually tied in and became one fire, burned nearly 30,000 acres and caused an estimated property damage to watersheds and buildings in excess of $2,500,000. This article demonstrates how backfiring combined with the use of tank truck apparatus was used to bring under control one of these fires, that known as the Latigo Canyon fire.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forester and Fire Warden, Department of Forestry, County of Los Angeles, California

Publication date: 1936-05-01

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