Recent Examples of firebreak from the Web
The greatest risk was that winds would blow embers across the firebreaks and ignite new blazes.
But my wonderful neighbor, Don Fowler, a volunteer firefighter, got on a tractor and worked 11 hours with Cal Fire creating a firebreak to save the studio and prevent the fire from spreading further.
Adam Mariani, with help from a changing cast of relatives, friends, neighbors and passing crews of firefighters, used shovels and tractors to gouge firebreaks in the dirt.
The other is that despite high winds that fanned the flames, the area’s vineyards formed fairly effective firebreaks.
Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety.
Many of the region’s wineries, essential to the area’s economy, have escaped relatively unscathed because of their qualities as natural firebreaks.
Already-burning fires started new ones, shooting embers like artillery barrages, including one that apparently jumped several miles across the Columbia River into Washington from Oregon, breaching a natural firebreak that long seemed impregnable.
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First Known Use of firebreak
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Definition of firebreak for English Language Learners
: an area of land that has had plants and trees removed to stop the spread of a fire
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