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Fuel breaks that work - GB Factsheet No. 5

This factsheet provides a framework for the placement, use, and effectiveness of established fuel breaks for protecting sagebrush ecosystems.

The main points:

  • Established fuel breaks are a useful tool for managing the size and severity of wildfires.
  • Managers recommend a holistic approach that includes education, monitoring, and maintenance to maximize the benefits of fuel breaks.
  • Fuel breaks are useful for slowing and sometimes stopping fires, but can’t alone be depended on to stop a wind-driven head fire.