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A fire trail is a rural road built specifically for the purpose of access for "fire management purposes"[1] including building containment lines and backburning operations.[2]

The term is part of the vocabulary of Australian bushfire control and may be also known as a fireroad in US terminology. A fire trail may act as part of a control line or fire break but a fire trail in itself does not constitute a fire break.[1]

Due to fire trails providing access to otherwise remote areas, possible adverse effects include: illegal activities, erosion, noise pollution, weed invasion, and possibly stuck vehicles.[1]

Since fire trails are unpaved roads, contour banks are essential to control erosion and track degradation.[1]

A fire trail sign in Enfield State Forest.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Policy No. 2/2007 Fire Trails. Sydney, Australia: Bush Fire Coordinating Committee. 2007. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Concerns raised over state of Canberra's fire trails ahead of bushfire season". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Enfield State Forest

External links[edit]

  • "Access" NSW Rural Fire Service, Building in Bushfire Prone Areas