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.
As fire trails provide access to otherwise remote areas, they suffer from adverse effects including: illegal activities, erosion, noise pollution, weed invasion, and stuck vehicles.
As the fire trails are unpaved, 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.
- "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.
- Enfield State Forest
- "Access" NSW Rural Fire Service, Building in Bushfire Prone Areas