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New Technologies for Predicting, Preventing and Extinguishing Forest Fires

  • Ricardo Vélez

Abstract

Forest fires in mountain areas constitute one of the main causes of deforestation, both in developed countries and in the Third World. In the less populated regions of the world, fires are usually caused by lightning, while in the Mediterranean area, including Spain, the majority of fires are caused by human activities. The chronic character of the phenomenon shows that there must be permanent structural conditions at the root of the problem. The classic simile of the triangle that is used to explain how fires begin also serves to underline the structural causes of fires. The fire triangle is composed of climate, vegetation and population with particular characteristics.

Keywords

Forest Fire Personal Protective Equipment Combustible Material Dense Smoke Fire Disaster 
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Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Vélez
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  1. 1.ICONA, Ministry of AgricultureFishing and FoodMadridSpain

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