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Fire and smoke in Montana forests

Author(s): William R. Beaufait
Year Published: 1971

The concept of forest fire is especially difficult to deal with in an objective manner because fire has deep psychological associations for most animals, especially man. Moreover, attitudes toward forest fires have been greatly conditioned by what has been called the most effective advertising campaign in history. I can't match the emotional appeal of some fire prevention forces operating in Montana forests which predispose them to wildfires, describe the present state of scientific knowledge of the production and dispersion of smoke from forest fires, and, finally, discuss alternative treatments of both fire and smoke in forests managed for water, wood, and wild animals.

Citation: Beaufait, W.R. 1971. Fire and smoke in Montana forests. In: Weddle, R.M., ed. Forest land and the environment. Missoula, Montana, University of Montana
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Smoke & Air Quality, Smoke & Populations
Ecosystem(s): Montane wet mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 13133
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 82
Record updated: Sep 8, 2020