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Costs of Prescribed Burning in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine

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The costs of prescribed burning in ponderosa pine residual fuels vary widely among national forest districts in northern Arizona; costs ranged from less than $3. to over $30. per acre. Most of the variability was due to the time required for burning. Five high-cost districts averaged 114.4 person-hours to complete a medium-sized burning project whereas seven low-cost districts required an average of only 29.1 person-hours. Sensitivity testing showed that burning block size, burning crew size, fireline preparation time, and travel time can also have significant impacts on costs. Costs generally declined with increases in block size and crew size and with reductions in preparation and travel time. West. J. Appl. For. 3(4):115-119, October 1988.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

Publication date: 1988-10-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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