Project

Log-deck fire suppression using high volume water delivery systems

Year

2021

status

Completed

Researcher

Razim Refai (Lead)

Other Collaborator(s):

Fire & Flood

Advisory Member(s):
Abstract

Multiple log-deck fires at mill sites and log yards in Western Canada in the past year resulted in the loss of merchantable timber. These fires showcased how existing equipment and suppression efforts from wildfire agencies are heavily challenged when asked to handle the thermal output from burning log-decks.

In an effort to explore alternate solutions, FPInnovations collaborated with West Fraser and the High Level Forest Management Area to understand the efficacy of high-volume water delivery systems in log-deck fire suppression. Over the course of three days, waterpenetration tests as well as suppression tests were carried out to better understand the utility and resource requirements of high-volume water delivery systems.

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