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Small-Plot Method of Rating Forest Fuels

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Since fuel conditions on a forest area determine how fast a fire on the area would spread and how much effort would be required to control it under given weather conditions, ratings of local fire danger involve definite ratings of fuel conditions. An estimate of quantity of fuel only is inadequate and misleading; account must be taken of kind and condition of fuel distribution of each kind of fuel with relation to other kinds. A method used experimentally in the Pacific Northwest for rating fuels according to some of the more significant factors governing fire behavior and the effort required to control fire is described.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Pacific Northwest Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: 1937-10-01

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