Coordinating Plans for Fire Protection Facilities

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The author here describes an attack on a very timely and important problem. If a fire administrator wants to obtain maximum protection from fire on a forest unit at the least annual cost, what should he do: build more lookouts? construct more roads and trails? or put more fire guards or fire fighters in the area? The author assumes, as has often been suspected, that no one set formula will apply everywhere. Accordingly, for a particular ranger district in Oregon he tries in turn to determine what the effect would be of concentrating only on one formula and measuring the result in terms of both the cost of the facilities and the average number of fire fighters it would probably take per fire; he then concentrates on another; then on combinations of both, etc. He uses the results as a measure of the relative desirability of the different combinations.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: November 1, 1939

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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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