Firebreak

n. A linear path where fuel has been cleared to mineral soil as a defensive measure before a wildland fire occurs.

 

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A firebreak is intended to serve as a permanent barrier against fire.  It is usually constructed as part of a strategic plan to protect people, resources, and/or structures.  A firebreak differs from a fuelbreak in that all fuel is removed from a firebreak, whereas some fuel is left in a fuelbreak.  A firebreak usually requires maintenance to keep the area fuel-free.  Roads can often serve a firebreak function in addition to a transportation function.