Direct attack on a forest fire, on a chosen site, by trained personnel supplied with suitable equipment and using water or possibly other materials as extinguishing agents is the form of defense against fire most commonly applied at present. The efficacy of this system depends, to a very great extent, on the promptness of intervention with personnel and equipment, and the existence of a well designed, constructed and maintained network of access routes is thus one of the major factors in the success of active protection. The routes in a fire defence network are not all of the same importance, and consequently need not possess the same characteristics or the same degree of elaboration; but, in contrast with the routes for the extraction of timber, the simplest of them must ensure sufficiently good conditions of circulation--without which fire-fighting personnel will not risk approaching the fire. A distinction is made between roads (primary and secondary) and tracks. The note indicates the geometrical characteristics thought to be suitable for these different routes and gives some brief information on the construction and maintenance of roadways as well as ancillary elements of the network. It finally deals with the special traffic policing problems on routes intended for protection against forest fires. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    CTGREF-Groupement Technique Forestier

    Domaine des Barrres
    Nogent Sur Vernisson,   France 
  • Publication Date: 1974-5


  • French

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163169
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Central Laboratory of Bridges & Highways, France
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 25 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1978 12:00AM