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Fuel Break

An established fuel breakPractice Code: 383

A fuel break is 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.

Conservation Practice Documents

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Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard

Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)Conservation planners shall reference NRCS New York Field Office Technical Guide for additional documents, tools, references, and procedures required with this practice.


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
Critical Area Planting
Sediment Basin
Structure for Water Control

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

Brush Management
Prescribed Grazing
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

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

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