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The Principles of Measuring Forest Fire Danger

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The current adjustment of fire control action to the prevailing status of fire danger is basic to efficient forest fire control. Unless this is done, expenses will be too high in some years and losses will be unnecessarily great in others. It is therefore essential that the prevailing status of fire danger be determined accurately and with as great refinement as is warranted by the flexibility of the fire control organization. The article describes the technique of applying the device known as a fire danger meter to obtain a numerical rating of fire risk.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Northern Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: 1936-08-01

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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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