Defensible fuel profile zone

n. An area where fuel has been treated to reduce surface fuel loads, increase the canopy base height, or decrease canopy bulk density.

 

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A defensible fuel profile zone (DFPZ) is another phrase for a fuelbreak but is applicable usually to forest fuelbreaks (as contrasted with fuelbreaks in shrublands).  The term originates from the Quincy Library Groupís proposal for fragmenting fuels on the Lassen and Plumas national forests and north portion of the Tahoe National Forest in California.  In concept, a DFPZ is a shaded fuelbreak. See Agee and others (2000) for more information.