Definition of back-burn
- 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