The garden-type soaker hose used 'in series' to contain wildland fires
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Surat Kanjanakunchorn; Paul M. Woodard; Hylo McDonald
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • computer programs
  • fire danger rating
  • fire equipment
  • fire suppression
  • firebreaks
  • water
  • wilderness fire management
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Record Last Modified: January 28, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 34835
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9113
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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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.

Kanjanakunchorn, S., P. M. Woodard, and H. McDonald. 1994. The garden-type soaker hose used 'in series' to contain wildland fires, Missoula, Montana. p. 90-96,