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Control of Fires in Inactive Coal Formations in the United States

Description: From Introduction: "The purpose of this Bulletin, in addition to presenting a history and description of Bureau activities in controlling these fires, is to provide the mining industry and the public with information concerning methods of controlling fires in inactive coal formation. The Bulletin is intended to serve as a guide to the public and more specifically to mining supervisory personnel and engineers who may be called upon to extinguish such fires."
Date: 1960
Creator: Griffith, F. E.; Magnuson, M. O. & Toothman, G. J. R.
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Extinguishing and Preventing Oil and Gas Fires

Description: From Introduction: " As the subject of oil and gas is necessarily broad, no attempt is made in this bulletin to treat it exhaustively; rather the bulletin aims to point out what has been done by operators in the past, and to describe various fire-prevention methods and fire-fighting apparatus which are being used or adopted by many of the larger oil companies. These methods and apparatus, it is believed, if universally employed by operators, will largely decrease the present enormous annual losses."
Date: 1920
Creator: Bowie, C. P.
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Lessons From the Granite Mountain Shaft Fire, Butte

Description: On the night of June 8, 1917, the flame of a carbide lamp accident set fire to the uncovered and frayed insulation of an armored power cable near the 2,400-foot level of the North Butte Mining Co.'s Granite Mountain shaft. How this insulation accidentally became exposed is explained on page 15. The following pages present an attempt to draw some practical conclusions and suggestions from this disaster."
Date: 1922
Creator: Harrington, Daniel
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Wildfire Spending: Background, Issues, and Legislation in the 114th Congress

Description: This report provides background information and analysis of funding for federal wildfire suppression operations. It concludes by summarizing relevant legislative proposals introduced in the 114th Congress and discussing their possible implications.
Date: June 26, 2015
Creator: Hoover, Katie; Lindsay, Bruce R.; McCarthy, Francis X. & Tollestrup, Jessica
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A Profile of Workers' Experiences and Preparedness in Responding to Underground Mine Fires

Description: The purpose of this study was to determine mine workers' state of fire-fighting preparedness and the technology being used to detect and respond to underground coal mine fires. To investigate this problem, 214 underground coal miners were interviewed by U.S. Bureau of Mines researchers. Frequency distributions of workers' responses are presented in this report, along with segments of narrative accounts, to profile miners' fire-fighting capabilities. The data indicated that much variability exists from mine to mine and that there are several important changes operators may undertake in order to make miners better prepared to deal with fire underground: select appropriate sensors, establish and test a warning and communication protocol, construct a system capable of delivering hundreds of gallons of water per minute for sustained periods, institute formal fire preparedness audits, develop case studies of events that occur at an operation to use as teaching and assessment tools, and provide structured practice that can be incorporated into fire drills.
Date: 1996
Creator: Vaught, Charles; Fotta, Barbara; Wiehagen, J.; Conti, Ronald S. & Fowkes, Richard S.
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Manual of Fire-Loss Prevention of the Federal Fire Council

Description: From preface: This issue of the Manual of Fire-Loss Prevention, the first edition of which was published in 1934, includes revisions and additions made in part to cover improvements in the past 10 years in methods of preventing and controlling fires. Such methods remain dependent largely on the elimination of preventable fires and abatement of loss from those that originate, by the use of appropriate designs and materials in building construction and the installation of applicable fire alarm and extinguishing equipment, to the extent justified by the hazard.
Date: 1945
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A Graphic Method of Determining the Explosibility Characteristics of Mine-Fire Atmospheres

Description: From Purpose: "The purpose of this paper is to discuss briefly the analysis of complex mixtures of gases encountered in mine fires and to illustrate application of such data in fire-fighting procedures. This report illustrates how analyses of mine-fire gases can be utilized to determine the progress of mine fires as well as to establish safe tactics for controlling and extinguishing these fires.
Date: 1955
Creator: Shaw, J. F.
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Fifty-Nine Coal-Mine Fires: How They Were Fought and What They Teach

Description: Introduction: "This bulletin abstracts and reviews essential details of reports on 59 fires in different coal mines in the United States, describes the circumstances of origin and the methods of controlling or extinguishing the fires, and points out the lessons taught."
Date: 1927
Creator: Rice, George S.; Paul, J. W. & von Bernewitz, M. W.
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[Building on fire]

Description: Photograph of two unidentified people standing in front of a building that is on fire. They do not appear to be firefighters. Junebug Clark Narrative: My father always referred to this photo as, "The Night They Tried to Burn Detroit Down." This photo appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine in the Summer of 1967 August 7, 1967. The "Detroit Riots" as they were known lasted a full week. Joe and Junebug covered the riot and aftermath for Newsweek and Life magazines. The Newsweek issue also has 3 other Joe Clark photos inside. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: 1967
Creator: Clark, Joe
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A Primer of Forestry

Description: This report discusses forests and treats the topic in four parts. The first part describes the life of an individual tree, and the second describes individual trees as parts of a forest. The third and fourth parts discuss forests as communities of trees and methods for preventing destruction of forests.
Date: 1903
Creator: Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946
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Wildfires: CRS Experts

Description: The following table provides access to names and contact information for CRS experts on policy concerns relating to wildfires. Policy areas identified include federal wildfire policy; long-term land use management; federal firefighting assistance; federal emergency management policy; federal preparedness system and response plan; hazard mitigation; armed forces and national guard assistance; supplemental disaster funding; and disaster insurance.
Date: July 5, 2012
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
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Wildfire Funding

Description: This report briefly describes the three categories of federal programs for wildfire protection. One is to protect the federal lands managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (FS), and by the U.S. Department of the Interior, whose wildfire programs are coordinated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A second category assists state and local governments and communities in protecting nonfederal lands; these programs are used to reduce wildland fuels, to otherwise prepare for fire control, to contain and control wildfires, and to respond after severe wildfires have burned. A third category of federal programs supports fire research, fire facilities, and improvements in forest health. The last section of this report discusses the impact of high and rising wildfire costs.
Date: May 7, 2007
Creator: Gorte, Ross W.
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A User's Guide for RAPID, Reduction Algorithms for the Presentation of Incremental Fire Data

Description: Abstract: The Voluminous amount of data than can be collected by automatic data acquisition systems during large scale fire tests requires the use of a digital computer for the reduction of data. RAPID is a stand-alone program specifically designed to convert raw instrument voltages collected during such tests into meaningful units. The reduced data can also be used alone or in combinations to obtain quantities that require more than minimal data reduction. The program is written with the ability to accept data from a user defined data acquisition system, with the ability to check the correctness of data included. Through the use of input data provided by the user, the data can be converted into meaningful scientific units. The data can then be presented in tabular or printer plot form, or stored for further processing. This user's guide provides detailed instructions for the use of the program.
Date: August 1986
Creator: Breese, J. Newton & Peacock, Richard D.
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Carbon Tetrachloride Extinguisher of Electric Fires

Description: Report discussing "the extent and nature of the hazards to firefighters from gases and smoke resulting from the application of carbon tetrachloride extinguisher to electric arcs, burning insulation or fires such as may occur in electrical apparatus and machinery. The experiments described were made for the purpose of determining the nature of gases and smoke and ascertaining their toxic properties" (p. 1).
Date: July 1923
Creator: Katz, S. H.; Gleim, E. J. & Bloomfield, J. J.
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When Reason Runs Wild

Description: Photograph of the reflection of a fire burning in a convenience store window. This photograph was taken during the 1967 race riots in Detroit, Michigan. Taken on assignment for Newsweek Magazine. Another photo ran on the cover of Newsweek. A number of other ran indide the same issue. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: August 1967
Creator: Clark, Joe
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Fires on farms.

Description: Describes what can cause fires on the farm, steps to reduce fire hazards, and equipment needed to fight home fires.
Date: June 1940
Creator: Roethe, Harry E. (Harry Edward), 1891-1989
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Wildfire Damages to Homes and Resources: Understanding Causes and Reducing Losses

Description: This report focuses on options for protecting structures and for protecting wildlands and natural resources from wildfires. It begins with a brief overview of the nature of wildfires, followed by a discussion of protecting structures. Then, it discusses wildfire damages to wildlands and natural resources, fuel treatment options and their benefits and limitations, and public involvement in federal decisions.
Date: May 23, 2013
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
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Fire Management Assistance Grants: Frequently Asked Questions

Description: This report answers frequently asked questions about the Fire Management Assistance Grant, which authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act provides various forms of federal assistance such as the provision of equipment, personnel, and grants to state, local, and tribal governments for the control, management, and mitigation of any fire on certain public or private forest land or grassland that might become a major disaster.
Date: September 25, 2014
Creator: Lindsay, Bruce R.; McCarthy, Francis X.; Hoover, Katie & Bracmort, Kelsi
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