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fire·break

 (fīr′brāk′)
n.
A strip of land that has been cleared, plowed, or planted with fire-resistant vegetation to prevent a fire from spreading. Also called fireguard.

firebreak

(ˈfaɪəˌbreɪk)
n
1. (Forestry) Also: fireguard or fire line a strip of open land in a forest or on a prairie, to arrest the advance of a fire
2. a measure taken to arrest the advance of anything dangerous or harmful

fire•break

(ˈfaɪərˌbreɪk)

n.
a strip of plowed or cleared land made to check the spread of a prairie or forest fire.
[1890–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firebreak - a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire
field - a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he planted a field of wheat"
Translations

firebreak

[ˈfaɪəbreɪk] Ncortafuego m

firebreak

fire break [ˈfaɪərbreɪk] ncoupe-feu mfire brigade n (British) (= organization) → régiment m de sapeurs-pompiers
the fire brigade (= firemen) → les pompiers mpl
to call the fire brigade → appeler les pompiersfire chief n (US)capitaine m des pompiers

firebreak

[ˈfaɪəˌbreɪk] ntagliafuoco
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Tenders are invited for Supply of machinery for the performance of works of opening and cleaning of firebreaks
I decided to buy a commercial backpack leaf blower to clear the firebreaks.
The first solution is to quickly create firebreaks when a brushfire begins.
Walk the area and identify any natural firebreaks and routes for runaway fires to escape, and locate all fence lines, power lines and any structures or areas where fire would have a disastrous affect.
Dodd said firebreaks on her property acted as a thoroughfare for crocodiles that escape from the Darwin Crocodile Farm and head for the nearby Elizabeth River.
The four main fires, burning within firebreaks, have not threatened homes for days, and rain fell in some areas.
Some of the blazes have been burning for weeks in the state, although all fires were being contained in unpopulated areas by firefighters hosing down the edges and building firebreaks.
Most of the fires burning were contained within firebreaks by thousands of volunteers manning hoses and building firebreaks.
Today sees the launch in Merthyr Tydfil of a new scheme which will target hotspots to create firebreaks and clean up hazards as part of offenders' community service orders.
Reuters News Service reports the native conifers, among the earth's oldest plants, were being protected by firebreaks built by firefighters who said they would do whatever it takes to safeguard the ancient trees.
But the fires were moving too fast, and the firebreaks just added to their fury.