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Terrestrial ecosystems management

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    The purpose of firebreaks is to prevent forest fires from spreading before they damage the ecosystem, cropland or personal property. To construct a firebreak, a band of vegetation between 4 and 6 m wide is dug out and vegetation and dirt are removed until the mineral soil is reached. Firebreaks generally begin and end in places where fire cannot reach due to a lack of combustible matter. The extracted vegetation is disposed of on the side of the lane opposite that from which a fire could be expected to come.