Contribution of Bark to Fire Resistance of Southern Trees

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Time required to kill cambium in situ with a standardized propane flame was a function of both thickness and thermal properties of the overlying bark. There were 14 species tested, including hardwoods and softwoods. Resistance was directly correlated with tree diameter. Within diameter classes, species differences in both thickness and insulating efficiency of barks accounted for resistance differences. Time to a lethal cambium temperature was exponentially related to bark thickness and was also influenced by temperature of the cambium before the flame was applied.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Staff of the Institute of Forest Genetics, Southern Forest Expt. Sta., Forest Service, U.S. Dept. Agric., Gulfport, Miss.

Publication date: April 1, 1965

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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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