A low pressure soaker hose containment system for wildland fires

Paul M. Woodard, Peter G. McCornick, Hylo McDonald

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Water is frequently used to contain wild or prescribed fires in a wildland situation. In this paper, we show why the commonly-available, relatively inexpensive garden-type soaker hose can be effectively used to contain fires. We present results on such performance characteristics as:water pressure, height of water spray and water volume as distance from pump increases. A Wajax Mark III pump, 3.8 cm dia (1.5") lined fire hose and RCR-strata soaker hoses were used in all tests. Also, using commonly accepted engineering principles and equations, we present the optimal design when the above materials are used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Equipment
  • Fire suppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Ecology


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