Cut strips of shrubland vegetation to reduce the spread of fire
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Cutting of ‘firebreaks’ creates gaps in shrublands that can act as a barrier to slow or stop the spread of fire. These firebreaks are commonly used to protect human property and life, rather than to benefit biodiversity. For the purposes of this synopsis we only considered studies that examined the effect of firebreaks that were explicitly cut to protect shrubland biodiversity. In addition, many of the studies of the effect of firebreaks are not empirical, and use modelling approaches to assess their effects on the spread of fire and effects on biodiversity (e.g. Cary et al. 2009, Taylor et al. 2013).
Cary, G.J., Flannigan, M.D., Keane, R.E., Bradstock, R.A., Davies, I.D., Lenihan, J.M., Li, C., Logan, K.A. & Parsons, R.A. (2009) Relative importance of fuel management, ignition management and weather for area burned: evidence from five landscape fire succession models. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 147-156.
Taylor, M.H., Rollins, K., Kobayashi, M. & Tausch, R.J. (2013) The economics of fuel management: Wildfire, invasive plants, and the dynamics of sagebrush rangelands in the western United States. Journal of Environmental Management, 126, 157-173.