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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WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- A brush fire blackened 50 acres before it was controlled by 200 firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters.
a fire detail working with a blasting crew at a construction site in the Jungle Road area called in a brush fire.
A handful of residents voluntarily evacuated their homes in the CarlisleCanyon area of Westlake Village, where a 165-acre brush fire was burning at midafternoon.
It took more than eight hours, and about 150 firefighters from 25 communities, to battle the general-alarm brush fire, which stretched along a 5-mile section of railroad tracks near Routes 31 and 2, extending into Westminster.
CASTAIC -- An army of firefighters descended Thursday on a brush fire in Castaic that sent flames racing toward a hillside neighborhood, forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5 and prompted the evacuation of a day camp.
Leominster firefighters assisted the Fitchburg department in extinguishing about an acre of brush fire at 20 Romano Ave.
CASTAIC -- A big rig with a flat tire sparked a small brush fire early Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear Road.
SANTA CLARITA - A beefed up firefighting force was on standby Monday in Santa Clarita as high winds whipped through canyon passes, priming brush fire conditions.
VENTURA - Facing controversy over oil drilling, roads in wilderness areas and heightened brush fire concerns, the U.
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.