back–burn

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verb, transitive + intransitive \ˈbak-¦bərn\
variants: or

backburn

Definition of back–burn

back–burned

or

backburned

;

back–burning

or

backburning

;

back–burns

or

backburns

firefighting

  1. :  to set controlled fires to eliminate the fuel in the path of a wildfire Much of the work has involved backburning the pine plantations and bulldozing an abundance of thick, flammable underbrush that has accumulated over the years. — Jan Hollingsworth, Tampa Tribune, 8 June 1999 … bulldozing fire lines, backburning to deprive the fires of fuel and air-dropping fire retardant when the smoke is not too thick and the wind not too capricious. — Gary Blonston, Miami Herald, 31 Aug. 1984 An isolated cottage … lay directly in the fire's path and our five-member crew was dispatched to back-burn. — Peter Meredith, Australian Geographic, January–March 1995 … firefighters could have dug a line to stop the fire, but backburning is much more ecologically sound … — Tom Ragan, Albuquerque Journal, 5 July 1997

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First Known Use of back–burn

1966


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