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.
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brush fire

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

a fire in an area of bushes, shrubs, or brush, as distinct from a forest fire.
[1770–80, Amer.]
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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"
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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 post Four youngsters questioned after starting brush fire appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
about a brush fire in the northeast corner of the Deer Grove East near Dee Lane and Preserve Drive.
EDT - Crews managed to stop the "forward progress" of the brush fire that scorched over 400 acres near Wittmann, Arizona.
Complex fire has become the largest ever brush fire in California.
In Portugal, the hot and dry conditions caused a brush fire in the Algarve region in southern Portugal near its border with Spain.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines Parts of Mount Pulag will be closed to trekkers for at least five months to allow vegetation in an area burned in a brush fire to grow back.
The fire began as a 50 acre brush fire outside Santa Paula and took only four hours to multiply to 10,000 acres and then spread to the edge of Ventura, a city of over 100,000 people, according to the country sheriff's office.
To the southwest, crews in Orange County were making water drops over a 20-acre brush fire that broke out just before dawn Tuesday in the Cleveland National Forest.
As crews were responding to the accident, a brush fire caused by a downed power line was reported about one mile away along Highway 228.
(TAP) - A brush fire exploded out of control on Tuesday in the Cajon Pass, scorching 18,000 acres as walls of flame forced more than 82,000 people to evacuate and destroyed an unknown number of homes in several rural San Bernardino County communities.