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    Author(s): Brian Kukay; Charles Todd; Tyler Jahn; Jenson Sannon; Logan Dunlap; Robert White; Mark Dietenberger
    Date: 2016
    Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-243
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    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.

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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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