What is fire containment vs. a control line?

California Wildfires

During Oregon’s fire season, you may hear the terms containment and control line. What’s the difference?

Central Oregon Fire Information says containment refers to “The status of a wildfire suppression action signifying that a control line has been completed around the fire and any associated spot fires which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread.

A control line is also referred to as a containment line and that “this is an inclusive term for all constructed or natural barriers and treated fire edges used to control a fire.”

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