Background, practice, and potential of chemicals in controlling wildfires
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Avrom R. Handleman
Editor(s): Charles W. Slaughter; Richard J. Barney; George M. Hansen
Publication Year: 1971

Cataloging Information

  • allelopathy
  • chemical compounds
  • chemicals
  • copper
  • environmental impact analysis
  • fire
  • fire control
  • fire equipment
  • fire management
  • fire retardants
  • fire suppression
  • fuel management
  • interior Alaska
  • magnesium
  • nitrogen
  • phosphate
  • phosphorus
  • retardants
  • statistical analysis
  • tundra
  • wildfires
  • zinc
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 2405
Tall Timbers Record Number: 8270
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.32/2:F54 1971
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Chemicals play an increasingly important role in fire control operations. Techniques have progressed from applications of borate and bentonite slurries in the 1950's, to the current widespread utilization of long-term retardants-diammonium phosphate, ammonium sulfate, and ammonium pyro (poly) phosphate. It is anticipated that use of fixed-wing aircraft for retardant employment will expand, supplemented by utilization of ground units and helicopters for point applications; however, in Alaska the limited road net restricts application other than by fixed-wing aircraft. The potential for significant environmental damage from use of chemical fire retardants is considered extremely low.

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Handleman, Avrom R. 1971. Background, practice, and potential of chemicals in controlling wildfires. Pages 159-171. In: Fire in the Northern Environment - A Symposium. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.