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Roadsides--Corridors with High Fire Hazard and Risk

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Roadside fires comprise a high percentage of all man-caused fires and frequently spread to grassland and forestland. Fuel hazard reduction should be concentrated on the first 10 feet of roadsides; methods include machine- and hand-clearing, chemical treatment, and prescribed burning. Risk reduction (controlling behavior of road-users) is more difficult. In critical fire weather, closing of roads may be necessary but use of symbolic signs urging motorists to help prevent fires may also be effective. Results of fuel reduction projects on two national forests show that treatment of roadsides can greatly reduce fire incidence.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Retired National Fire Specialist, Cooperative Fire Protection, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C.

Publication date: 1979-09-01

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