Forest Service explains controlled, contained fires

The U.S. Forest Service is providing answers to a common wildfire question.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 8:02 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Forest Service is breaking down the differences between a fire that is controlled and a fire that is contained. 

Containment means firefighters have completed a fuel break around a fire. A fuel break can either mean a natural barrier or a fire line that crews make themselves that keeps a fire from growing. A fire can also be partially contained. 

A controlled fire means that firefighters have completely extinguished the fire and all fire spots are put out. Controlled also means that fire lines are so tight that crews know a flare up won't break out and will not start another fire. 

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