Linear Incendiary Device and Method of Prescribed Fire Ignition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2004-33610-15105
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00020
Amount: $295,400.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 728, Plains, MT, 59859
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Reistroffer
 (406) 826-5171
Business Contact
 Jeff Reistroffer
Title: Owner
Phone: (406) 826-5171
Research Institution
Solutions to help overcome the present limitations in conducting prescribed burning could help land managers in their efforts to accomplish needed fuels reduction in the forests. Opportunities exist for developing improvements in the methods and materials used in the ground-based ignition of prescribed fires. Improved ignition techniques could enable managers to conduct burns at times where weather, fuels and resource limitations would otherwise preclude burn activities, widening the presently limited window of opportunity for burning. It is the intent of the present research proposal to develop a Ground-Based, Line-Source Ignition System that provides an improved method for conducting prescribed burning. In particular, this project involves developing a Linear Incendiary Strand manufactured from pine resin. Use of this novel device will enhance burning opportunities by providing a means to generate high fire intensity through rapid burn strip ignition by ground personnel. The proposed ignition system provides a method for using improved convection engineering techniques to reduce the negative impacts of smoke on the nation's air quality. In addition, the proposed device offers a substitute for presently used petroleum products, and will allow ground crews a higher degree of safety while igniting prescribed fires.

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