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.