Shaded Fuel Breaks

A shaded fuel break is a strip of land where fuel (for example, living trees, brush, dead branches, leaves or downed logs) has been modified or reduced to limit the fire's ability to spread rapidly.  In addition, shaded fuel breaks maintain cooler and moister understory conditions and understory vegetation remains greener longer into the growing season.  This helps to reduce fire spread with the fuel break.  Click HERE to see the District's fuel break areas.

The shaded fuel break is:

  • A width of 30 feet from the fence line into the greenbelt,
  • All vines shall be removed from the firebreak,
  • All dead wood and trees shall be removed from the firebreak, including limbs, logs, lumber, dead vines or similar materials,
  • All underbrush under the height of 10' shall be removed from the fuel break,
  • Stumps in the fuel break shall be cut flush with the ground,
  • Trees and brush with diameters less than 4" will be removed; any tree or brush with diameters over 4" will remain,
  • All trees remaining in the firebreak shall be trimmed to remove limbs under 10 feet and below.  (all oaks trimmed shall have wounds painted the same day with black latex paint),
  • Brush and all fuel materials shall be removed from the site.

Trimming of the fuel break:

  • Trimming of the trees in the fuel break shall be done every five years.
  • The grasses and understory shall be trimmed with mowing equipment 4 times annually to maintain the fuel break.  The height of the mowing equipment shall be set at 3 inches.

Shaded Fuel Break Areas Trimmed in 2012-2013

  • Cave lots behind Disc Golf Course
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Pepper Rock Park
  • Woods Lift Station & O'Conto Pond
  • Woods Ephraim Trail
  • Shirley McDonald Park & Creekside Park
  • 100' Easement
  • Sendero Springs Park & Greenbelt
  • Wildcat Trail
  • Community Greenbelt