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Forest Research Institut Baden-Württemberg (FVA)
Department of forest economics

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Author(s): Susanne Kaulfuß
Editorial office: FVA, Germany
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Forest Fire Handbook

The Forest Fire Handbook is the result of collaboration between the state forest enterprises and administrations of Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein as well as the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture within the cooperative project "Prevention and Management of Forestry Crises". In addition the Brandenburg state forest enterprise helped write the Forest Fire Handbook chapter of the advisory guide "Forest Crisis Management"

Forest Fire Handbook
Photo at the top and left below: Land Brandenburg, photo right below: Bundesforstbetrieb Oder-Havel-Spree.

Packed with suggestions, information and experiences about preventing and fighting forest fires, this handbook should be helpful for forest practitioners, forest owners and all those interested in forestry.

General

Forest fires in Germany Forest fires in Germany

Forest fires seldom occur naturally. They can usually be traced back to human activities. This article provides an overview of the causes and behaviour of forest fires as well as high risk areas.

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Wildfire risk in times of climate change Wildfire risk in times of climate change

Climate change is talked about a lot nowadays. Institutions are trying to find possibilities to comply with the 2°C-target to keep climate change in a tolerable dimension. This article is supposed to depict the correlation between climate change and increasing wildfire risk.

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Forest fire prediction Forest fire prediction

Forest fire warning levels provide information about the risk of forest fire and help implement the appropriate prevention measures.

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Forest fire monitoring Forest fire monitoring

The early detection of forest fires can significantly reduce the extent of damage. Today this means using the most up-to-date technical equipment.

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Legal basis for forest fire prevention Legal basis for forest fire prevention

This article provides information about possible means of financial support and legal regulations in Germany and Austria as well as responsibilities of forest owners to assist in forest fire prevention.

02.05.2011
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Forest fire precautions

Silvicultural measures to prevent forest fires Silvicultural measures to prevent forest fires

Silvicultural measures such as forest conversion from a pine monoculture or creating fire breaks and protective strips with fire retardant vegetation significantly reduce the risk of forest fire.

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Technical measures to prevent forest fires Technical measures to prevent forest fires

What are the things to consider to successfully confront a forest fire? Water extraction points, good roading infrastructure, a functioning monitoring system and a practiced fire fighting team are the keys to success.

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Public education to prevent forest fires Public education to prevent forest fires

Forest fires can often be traced back to the careless actions of the public. Therefore an information policy and raising public awareness are important components of forest fire prevention. Which issues should be focussed on?

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Financial provisions and forest fire risks Financial provisions and forest fire risks

The damages caused by forest fires involve not only capital losses, but also reforestation and fire fighting costs. Various means are available to forest owners to cope with the financial impacts of such damaging events.

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Code of behaviour in forest fire risk areas Code of behaviour in forest fire risk areas

This answers common questions relating to forest fire precautions: What are the statutory regulations in forest fire risk areas and how should I behave there? What do I have to do when a fire breaks out in a forest?

02.05.2011
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Forest fire fighting

Types and Strategies of Forest Fire Fighting Types and Strategies of Forest Fire Fighting

What types of fire fighting methods can be applied to different sorts of forest fires and what does a successful operational plan look like? These questions, essential for safely and successfully fighting a forest fire, are answered in this article.

12.09.2011
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Forest fire fighting crews and equipment Forest fire fighting crews and equipment

Fighting a forest fire is hard manual labour. Heavy machinery and helicopters are also deployed. In this article a fire crew’s equipment, their fire fighting options and required resources are presented.

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