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Title: Evaluating fire-damaged components of historic covered bridges

Author: Kukay, Brian; Todd, Charles; Jahn, Tyler; Sannon, Jenson; Dunlap, Logan; White, Robert; Dietenberger, Mark;

Date: 2016

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-243

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: Arson continues to claim many historic covered bridges. Site-specific, post-fire evaluations of the structural integrity of a bridge are often necessary in a fire’s aftermath. Decisions on whether individual wood components can be rehabilitated, reconstructed, or replaced must be made. This report includes coverage of existing approaches and exploratory approaches that can be used for general guidance and a select number of more specific treatments that can be used to approximate the residual capacity of individual firedamaged members. Topics such as fire-retardant treatments and other measures to prevent future fire damage are also discussed.

Keywords: covered bridge damage, rehabilitation of fire damaged bridge, fire resistant protection of structural wood

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Kukay, Brian; Todd, Charles; Jahn, Tyler; Sannon, Jenson; Dunlap, Logan; White, Robert; Dietenberger, Mark. 2016. Evaluating fire-damaged components of historic covered bridges. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report. Madison, WI. PL-GTR-243.

 


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