Project Skyfire: cloud and lightning observation handbook
Document Type: Book
Author(s): P. B. MacCready; V. J. Schaefer; J. H. Dieterich; J. S. Barrows
Publication Year: 1955

Cataloging Information

  • fire control
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • hardwood forests
  • lightning
  • lightning caused fires
  • pine forests
  • smoke management
  • storms
  • weather observations
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38724
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13334
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text 'This handbook is intended as a reference booklet for the forest— fire lookouts who are cooperating on Project Skyfire. Project Sky*fire has 2 broad objectives: (1) to gain a better understanding of the occurrence, behavior, and control of lightning fires, and (2) to evaluate the possibility of preventing or reducing lightning fires through cloud—modification operations. In addition to their primary duties of fire detection, Skyfire lookouts make periodic detailed observations of cloud conditions within 20 miles of their stations. Contained herein are photographs and descriptions of the sort of clouds the lookouts identify and record, and instructions on the use of equipment for finding the position and velocity of clouds. Although written primarily for the northern Rocky Mountain area in summer, the cloud-observation techniques will be applicable elsewhere.'

MacCready, P. B., V. J. Schaefer, J. H. Dieterich, and J. S. Barrows. 1955. Project Skyfire: cloud and lightning observation handbook. Miscellaneous Publications No. 5. Ogden, UT, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range experiment Station and Munitalp Foundation, Inc.