Backing Fire

What is Backing Fire?

Backing Fire meaning in Safety terms is

  1. Fire spreading, or ignited to spread, into (against) the wind or downslope. A fire spreading on level ground in the absence of wind is a backing fire.
  2. That portion of the fire with slower rates of fire spread and lower intensity normally moving into the wind and/or down slope. Also called: heel fire. 


reference: Glossary A – Z | National Wildfire Coordinating Group