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firebreak

a strip of open land in forest or prairie, to arrest the advance of a fire
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firebreak

[′fīr‚brāk]
(forestry)
A cleared area of land intended to check the spread of forest or prairie fire.
(mining engineering)
A strip across an area in which either no combustible material is employed or in which, if timber supports are used, sand is filled and packed tightly around them.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

firebreak

1. Space between buildings, groups of buildings, or areas of a city designed to prevent the spread of fire from one building, group, or area to another.
2. Fire-resistive floors, walls, doors, shutters, etc., designed to prevent the spread of fire within a building.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If I only have a rake, I use it to rake an area two or three feet wide around the escaping fire to create a firebreak that will contain the fire, but I do the raking far enough away from the fire so that I do not suffer from the heat or smoke.
Cancel the burn if relative humidity is below 25 percent, unless you have bulletproof firebreaks. If the relative humidity is well over 50 percent, you may have more difficulty getting a good clean burn and you'll send more smoke into the atmosphere.
Just in time, soldiers created firebreaks at Van Ness Avenue, which stopped the flames from spreading to the city's Western Addition.
Later, ABC reporter John Stossel aired a 20/20 segment on how Endangerd Species Act protection for the brushy habitat of Stephen's kangaroo rats prevented owners from "disking" firebreaks around their homes, resulting in the tragic loss of their property.
Course developers claimed their efforts did everything from adding to the job base to creating natural firebreaks. They also boasted of providing a more environmentally pleasant development alternative to, say, a shopping mall.
Hawks, Doves and Owls argues that it is possible and important to design "firebreaks' for stopping a catastrophe before it becomes a species-extinguishing inferno.
They explained that they have arrived at the figure by excluding residential areas, canals, roads, firebreaks, cemetery, buffer zones, lagoons, fishponds, eroded areas and legal easements.
Firefighters could only watch helplessly until the blaze reached natural firebreaks, such as walls and ditches.
An expert in fire safety later said a sprinkler system would have minimised the damage and expressed surprise at the lack of firebreaks in the roof void.
The Conservation Area bought two new four-wheel-drive trucks for its fire crew, and began using standard range-fire control techniques--clearing firebreaks (which now total 24 miles) and maintaining fire-access roads (now 54 miles).