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.
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.
Since fire trails are unpaved roads, contour banks are essential to control erosion and track degradation.
- Policy No. 2/2007 Fire Trails. Sydney, Australia: Bush Fire Coordinating Committee. 2007. p. 1. Cite error: Invalid
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- "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.
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