Chemical analysis procedures for forest fire retardant constituents
Document Type: Book
Author(s): Wayne P. Van Meter; Charles W. George; Cecilia W. Johnson
Publication Year: 1985

Cataloging Information

  • chemical compounds
  • chemistry
  • duff
  • fire control
  • fire management
  • fire retardants
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • iron
  • nitrogen
  • phosphate
  • soil organic matter
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: February 21, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 38418
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13021
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-181 DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The report describes chemical analysis procedures developed and/or in use at the lntermountain Fire Sciences Laboratory to determine the quantitative composition of fire retardant mixtures. These mixtures contain inorganic salts, coloring agents, and inhibitors of spoilage and corrosion. Among them are phosphate, sulfate, iron, acracid red 73 dye, 2-mercapto-benzothiazole, dichromate, thiosulfate, ferrocyanide, and thiocyanate. A procedure is also given for measuring field application rates (gallons/100 ft2) by determining the amount of a salt component on a known area of vegetation/soil/duff.

Van Meter, W. P., C. W. George, and C. W. Johnson. 1985. Chemical analysis procedures for forest fire retardant constituents. General Technical Report INT-181. Ogden, UT, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.