The burning forest (1991)

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The research is structured on different levels: from the scale of the phenomenon, its causes and the damage it produces to the moment we consider most important, namely that of prevention and control. This report represents an initial approach to the problem, just an initial contribution to the awareness of nature protection from fire. The gaps in intervention indicated by the research demonstrate the lack of interest in many sectors, which results in a confusion of competencies and the limited funds allocated to this issue.

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Index

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Contents

 

Presentation

 

Chapter 1. The extent of the phenomenon

Fires in Italy and in the Mediterranean countries

Future prospects

 

Chapter 2. The causes of fires

Unintentional causes

Voluntary causes

 

Chapter 3. Fire damage

Damage

The loss of human life

Fire-fighting costs

Economic assets destroyed by fire

Changes to the hydrogeological balance

Changes to the ecosystem

Alteration of the landscape

Image loss

Restoration and reclamation costs

 

Chapter 4. Fire prevention, monitoring and control

Information

Prevention

Sighting, monitoring, control and reporting

Firefighting

 

Chapter 5. Annexes

Fire prevention rules and rules of behaviour in the face of fire

From arsonists to firefighters

Overview of state legislation on forest fires

Fire monitoring with infrared from the ground

Statistical tables

Fires and fire-affected areas in Italy from 1981 to 1988

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