What is a Fire Road?

February 11, 2023

what is a fire road

What is a fire road?

A fire road (or fire trail) is a wide dirt road that is designed to provide emergency access for firefighters and other vehicles in the event of a bushfire. They can be found in both urban and rural areas, and are typically unpaved.

The big one

As the name suggests, a fire road is a good thing when it comes to preventing and controlling fires. It also allows for quick and easy access to equipment, personnel and supplies.

The best ones are often feature rich and offer some of the most scenic views around. This is especially true if you live in an area like Los Angeles where there is lots of acreage and great terrain to explore.

Having a well-groomed fire road is pretty much the icing on the cake. Some of the best ones are in the mountains and national forest.

Some of them are even fun to ride! It’s a good idea to have a go at them at least once to experience them for yourself.

There are many different types of fire roads, some of which have been certified as the top notch fire road of their time. These are usually designated as a "fire path" by a government agency, such as the NSW RFS.

What are the signs of a good fire road?

A fire road is a good thing when it is properly maintained and inspected by the proper authority.


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