fire·​break | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbrāk How to pronounce firebreak (audio) \

Definition of firebreak

: a barrier of cleared or plowed land intended to check a forest or grass fire

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Firefighters have taken advantage of the lull to cut firebreaks in dry forests and pile up soil to control the blaze. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Varney had worked through the night and was driving the bulldozer to cut a firebreak to keep the fire from extending into a nearby community, Koerperich said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "California firefighter killed while battling blaze near Yosemite National Park," 16 July 2018 The heavily forested area of myriad canyons where the fire is spreading has few roads or natural barriers that can serve as firebreaks or offer safe havens for firefighters to battle the flames head on, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Biggest blaze in California history challenges firefighters," 7 Aug. 2018 Cal Fire firefighter Matthew Rose with the Ramona Fire Department listed the benefits of a trail cleared of vegetation as providing a firebreak, good access points and position markers to identify the locations of people in distress. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Greenway trail would improve public safety, officials agree," 2 July 2018 The majority of Napa’s wineries and vineyards (which served as firebreaks) were spared. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 On Tuesday, firefighters from multiple agencies cut down trees with chainsaws, sprayed water and used shovels to create a firebreak to keep the fire from reaching multimillion-dollar homes. Joseph Serna,, "Evacuation orders lifted as firefighters control Beverly Crest brush fire, caused by weed wacker," 13 June 2018 Neighborhoods can be buffered by seawalls for storm surges, levees for floods, firebreaks for wildfires. Christopher Flavelle,, "America’s Last-Ditch Climate Strategy of Retreat Isn’t Going So Well," 2 May 2018 Not that long ago Republicans thought that the March 14 special election in the 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania, a Trump stronghold, would offer a firebreak against the streak of adverse special election results. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "New Arizona Poll Shows Another Special Election Upset Is a Possibility," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of firebreak

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of firebreak

: an area of land that has had plants and trees removed to stop the spread of a fire

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