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Fuel Break

An established fuel break

Practice Code: 383
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

A fuel break is a strip or block of land on which the vegetation, debris and detritus have been reduced and/or modified to control or diminish the risk of the spread of fire crossing the strip or block of land.

Purposes and Benefits

Control and reduce the risk of the spread of fire by treating, removing or modifying vegetation, debris and detritus.

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with other practices.

For areas with erosion potential after a fuel break is installed, the following practices may be applicable:

Access Control (472)
Critical Area Planting (342)
Sediment Basin (350)
Structure for Water Control (587)

Where grazing or wildlife objectives/concerns exist, the following practices may be applicable:

Brush Management (314)
Prescribed Grazing (338)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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