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Test blaze goes off.

Test blaze goes off

The long-awaited prescribed burn ofCalifornia chaparral (SN: 10/4/86, p.213) finally took place on Dec. 12. Though a recent rain limited the fire's intensity and acreage, 50-foot flames were not uncommon. Smoke plumes rising from the 300 acres that burned were tracked for about 40 miles downwind. Some 50 researchers on hand to measure environmental effects of large-scale fires "seem to have got all the data they can handle," says project coordinator Philip J. Riggan of the U.S. Forest Service in Riverside, Calif. In February the scientists plan to reconvene and share their preliminary data.
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Title Annotation:prescribed burning of California chaparral
Publication:Science News
Date:Dec 20, 1986
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