A commonly available plastic garden-type soaker hose was tested in a 'series' configuration to determine the suitability of using this hose type to contain wildland fires. The bursting strength was determined for three hose-types (the RCR-strata, 3-tube, Robinson) as part of selecting the hose type to be tested further. The RCR-strata had the highest mean bursting strength at 1039 kPa, hence it was used in all subsequent tests. When water pressures equal 565 kPa at the start of the first soaker hose in the series, then the height of water sprayed is about 385 cm, and the discharge rate is 30/1 hr. at a point 75-m down the soaker hose, the water pressure drops to 0 kPa. The zone of wetted area is 8 m wide at the start of the soaker hose and nil at 75 m. In our opinion, all hose types have limited utility when used in a 'series' configuration because of strength limitations. © by the Society of American Foresters. Abstract reproduced by permission.