brush fire

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also brush fire  (brŭsh′fīr′)
1. A fire in low-growing, scrubby trees and brush.
2. A relatively minor crisis.
Minor enough to involve only small-scale mobilization of counteracting resources: brushfire wars.

brush fire

1. a fire in bushes and scrub
2. (Sociology) a minor local war

brush′ fire`

a fire in an area of bushes, shrubs, or brush, as distinct from a forest fire.
[1770–80, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brush fire - an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushesbrush fire - an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushes
fire - the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"

brush fire

(= fire)Buschfeuer nt
(= crisis)begrenzter or lokaler Konflikt
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Half-way up the opposite slope a brush fire was burning clearly and steadily in a maple grove.
The blaze was being characterized as a brush fire in an area called the Cahuenga Pass, local news outlet KTLA reported.
Summary: A brush fire broke out Monday in southern city of Sidon, threatening local businesses before civil defense workers managed to contain it.
Another brush fire on Friday overran Interstate 15, north of San Bernardino, destroying four structures and torching 20 vehicles.
PRINCETON - A raging brush fire tore through nearly three miles of woods near Ball Hill Road Tuesday afternoon.
NEWHALL -- By Southern California brush fire standards, the 10-acre blaze that broke out Thursday morning in the Newhall Pass was small -- but the response was anything but.
Eugene firefighters work on a brush fire between Bailey Hill Road and Bertelsen Road north of West 11th Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.
This value priced fire apparatus is designed specifically for quick attack, brush fire and small-scale urban interface fire fighting operations.
True or False: To minimize the chance of a brush fire igniting a nearby building, remove all trees around it.
The homeowner had a permit and was very nervous after the brush fire headed into dead leaves and tree branches.
SANTA CLARITA -- A single-vehicle roll-over crash in Santa Clarita sparked a half-acre brush fire, authorities said Saturday.