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    Title:Black Spruce fuel amendment: Explorations at the Pelican Mountain FireSmart research area
    Researcher(s):Oleg Melnik (Lead); Steven Hvenegaard
    Abstract:Large expanses of black spruce fuels in Alberta and other parts of Canada pose a major wildfire threat to communities and other values at risk. Conventional fuel treatment methods are expensive and fuels managers would like to explore opportunities to mitigate the risk of wildfire through innovations in fuels engineering and prescribed fire.

Fuel amendment techniques have been applied in a montane fuel environment where cut stems were piled under the canopy of the adjacent mature lodgepole pine overstory. Prescribed fire was applied under moderate fire hazard conditions and resulted in fire intensity that was sufficient to scorch aerial fuels and cause stand mortality. This approach will be explored in dense black spruce stands using dozers to shearblade stems to create fuel amended strips.
    Advisory Member(s):Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
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    Tags:Fuel Management; FireSmart; Community Protection; Prescribed Burn; Pelican Mountain; see all tags...
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