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firebreak

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

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.

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.
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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.
Once you have the boundaries worked out and the firebreaks in place, it's time to begin gathering equipment and assembling your crew.
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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).
desired width for the firebreaks is 40~ and are along designated areas that are to be cleared of trees and underbrush to improve land utilization of natural resources.
Strong winds drove night-time fires across roads and through firebreaks.