A low pressure soaker hose containment system for wildland fires
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Surat Kanjanakunchorn; Paul M. Woodard; Peter G. McCornick; H. McDonald
Publication Year: 1992

Cataloging Information

  • Alberta
  • Canada
  • fire containment
  • fire equipment
  • fire suppression
  • national parks
  • soaker hoses
  • statistical analysis
  • water
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 9710
Tall Timbers Record Number: 17052
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-I
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Water is frequently used to contain wild or prescribed fires in a wildland situation. In this paper, we show why the commonly-available, relatively inexpensive garden-type soaker hose can be effectively used to contain fires. We present results on such performance characteristics as: water pressure, height of water spray and water volume as distance from pump increases. A Wajax Mark 111 pump, 3.8 cm dia (1.5") lined fire hose and RCR-strata soaker hoses were used in all tests. Also, using commonly accepted engineering principles and equations, we present the optimal design when the above materials are used.

Online Link(s):
Kanjanakunchorn, S.; Woodard, P. M.; McCornick, P. G.; McDonald, H. 1992. A low pressure soaker hose containment system for wildland fires. International Journal of Wildland Fire 2(4):185-191.