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    Title:Black Spruce Fuel Amendment Treatment: Explorations at the Canadian Boreal Community FireSmart Project
    Researcher(s):Oleg Melnik (Lead); Steven Hvenegaard
    Abstract:Large expanses of black spruce fuels in Northwest Territories 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. This fuel amendment technique has been applied in a mature lodgepole pine fuel environment where cut stems were piled under the canopy of the adjacent residual forest stand. Prescribed fire was applied in the amended fuels 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 a dense black spruce forest stand at the CBCFS research area using chainsaws and brushsaws to cut stems to create fuel amended strips.
    Advisory Member(s):Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources
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    Tags:Fuel Management; FireSmart; Community Protection; Prescribed Burn; see all tags...
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