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Rating the Effectiveness of Forest Fire Protection

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Forest fire statistics provide a chronological record of the results of fire control, but must be analyzed and interpreted if they are to be of more than historical value. The effectiveness of protection effort, for example, cannot be judged by number of fires and areas burned alone, since conditions vary from year to year and from place to place. Unless the conditions prevailing are taken into consideration the picture is obscured and conclusions can be misleading. A recent attempt to appraise the effectiveness of fire control effort on the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota led to a partial analysis of available records and the results are here presented as an example of one approach to the problem.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Fire Research, Lake States Forest Experiment Station, Forest Service, U. S. Dept. Agric., in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, University Farm, St. Paul.

Publication date: 1954-03-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
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