Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires

Living Edition
| Editors: Samuel L. Manzello

Fences and Accessory Structures

  • Erik Johnsson
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_6-1



A residential fence is a specific type of accessory structure defined as a man-made barrier used for marking, enclosing, or making private a property boundary or to enclose a portion of a property for other functions such as confining a garden or pet. Fences usually consist of uniformly spaced posts and uniformly spaced vertical or horizontal boards (see Fig. 1, left and right, respectively). The spacing between boards differs with type and design. Instead of boards, some fence designs use long diagonal pieces of material which are weaved (e.g., chain link; see Fig. 2, left) or alternating (e.g., lattice; see Fig. 2, right). Fences range in height from less than 1 m to over 2.5 m and often contain gates to allow entry or exit. The posts and components between posts may be made of noncombustible materials, such as steel, aluminum, or concrete, but are often made of wood,...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyGaithersburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sayaka Suzuki
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  1. 1.National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster (NRIFD)TokyoJapan