Firebreak

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Plow cutting a firebreak in advance of a forest fire, South Carolina
Rocky Point Trail acted as a firebreak for a forest fire in McDonald Lake region of Glacier National Park, Montana, USA in summer 2003

A Firebreak is a way to fight fires. In a firebreak, there is no vegetation, or other material that can burn. This makes it hard for a fire to jump across the break. Therefore the spread of a possible fire is delayed.