Plow cutting a firebreak in advance of a forest fire, South Carolina
Rocky Point Trail acted as a firebreak for a forest fire in McDonald Lake region of Glacier National Park
, Montana, USA in summer 2003
A Firebreak is a way to fight fires. In a firebreak, there is no vegetation, or other material that can burn. This makes it hard for a fire to jump across the break. Therefore, the spread of a possible fire is delayed.
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Firebreak also called "fireroad", "fire line" or "fuel break"
A poster promoting plowing to create a fire break
By comparing the burnt (right) and unburnt (left) sides of a dirt road in South Africa after a major veldfire (wild fire) the effectiveness of the road in acting as a firebreak can be seen.
Firebreak in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in New Jersey's Pine Barrens ecoregion