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
: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 HollingsworthTampa Tribune8 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 BlonstonMiami Herald31 Aug. 1984
  • An isolated cottage … lay directly in the fire's path and our five-member crew was dispatched to back-burn.
  • —Peter MeredithAustralian GeographicJanuary–March 1995
  • … firefighters could have dug a line to stop the fire, but backburning is much more ecologically sound …
  • —Tom RaganAlbuquerque Journal5 July 1997

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First Known Use of back-burn

1966


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