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Backfire technique for prescribed burning

Author(s): Dale D. Wade
Year Published: 2013

The term 'backfire' refers to a commonly used method for prescribed burning in which the igniter sets a line of fire that slowly backs into the wind. This technique should not be confused with the colloquial use of the term 'backfire' for 'suppression fire,' which refers to any fire set ahead of a wildfire in an attempt to stop it.

Citation: Wade, Dale D. 2013. Backfire technique for prescribed burning. Joint Fire Science Program; Southern Fire Exchange Fact Sheet 2013-2. 5 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Prescribed Fire-use treatments
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 12400
FRAMES RCS number: 16439
Record updated: Jun 27, 2018