Dale D. Wade
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Cataloging Information

Fuel Treatments & Effects
Prescribed Fire-use treatments

NRFSN number: 12399
FRAMES RCS number: 16441
Record updated: June 27, 2018

The prescribed burner has numerous tools at his/her disposal to start fire. Ground ignition devices continue to be developed and refined and include a wide range of options from kitchen matches to state-of-the-art hand-held 'ping-pong ball' launchers. This fact sheet describes many of these devices and includes a table to summarize advantages and disadvantages of various methods. This fact sheet also provides a brief introduction to aerial ignition, but the use of these techniques involves considerable training.


Wade, Dale D. 2013. Ignition devices for prescribed burning. Joint Fire Science Program; Southern Fire Exchange Fact Sheet 2013-3. 6 p.

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