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Fire Terminology

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A warning system for notification of the public and industry that extreme fire conditions are eminent or in effect.


The strip of land of varying width on which the tracks and other operating installations are placed and over which the operating company has some degree of control, by either deed, easement or special use permit or the right to pass over property owned by another party. The path or thoroughfare on which such passage is made.


The likelihood of a wildfire ignition. This is normally a result of the activities of people.


Potential for ignition of fuels or an ignition agent.


Any surface designed, improved, or ordinarily used for vehicle travel.


Bridges, culverts, and other appurtenant structures that supplement the roadway bed or shoulders.


Where rural development and the wildland meet and intermix with no clearly defined separation or interface. The foothill and mountain developments in central and northern California are good examples. This may include small communities or rural sprawl around a community.


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