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Biomass Consumption and Smoke Emissions from Contemporary and Prehistoric Wildland Fires in British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): S.W. Taylor
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Air Pollution
Series: FRDA Report
Other details:  Published 1996. Hardcopy is available.


The objectives of this study were to develop estimates of smoke emissions from wild and prescribed fires in B.C. forests during 198190, and to compare these with amounts that occurred before European settlement. The prescribed fires included in this study were carried out under burning permits issued under the Forest Act (British Columbia). The objectives of the fire treatments included site preparation, wildfire hazard reduction, and wildlife habitat/range enhancement (the treated areas remain as forest land). The methods used were broadcast burning and burning of piled and windrowed debris. The burns took place on logging sites and landings, and in natural forest and grassland areas.

FRDA Research Report 249 (2121 KB)

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