fire storm


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

fire storm

Stationary mass fire, generally in built-up urban areas, generating strong, inrushing winds from all sides; the winds keep the fires from spreading while adding fresh oxygen to increase their intensity.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
A COUNCIL has banned sky lanterns being let go on their land after hearing how one sparked a fire storm resulting in a 6,000-foot smoke plume which could be seen from 60 miles away.
A council has banned sky lanterns - after hearing how just one sparked a fire storm resulting in a 6,000ft smoke plume which could be seen from 60 miles away.
(TAP) - Wildfires burned out of control on Friday across California, killing at least nine people in a mountain town and forcing residents to flee the upscale beach community of Malibu in the face of a monster fire storm.
The scoreline was neatly balanced as the third period got itself under way - but that would last only 19 seconds as Dane Byers ably assisted Hammond to once again fire Storm back in front.
De Lima has had to face a fire storm in her first six months in the Senate, accused by Mr.
Various individual fires will combine to produce a fire storm as all the oxygen is consumed.
SCORCHED EARTH Row after row of new cars were reduced to a shell as the fire storm raged.
Any move to free such a high-profile figure as Barghouti would probably ignite a political fire storm in Israel.
Futile national security letters, indictments, and Internet shut-downs add tinder to a global, truth-seeking fire storm of ordinary people aiming to critically think beyond ball-games, celebrity, and FCATs.
"We re in a semi state of war," South Korean coastguard Kim Dong-jin told Reuters in the port city of Incheon where many residents of Yeonpyeong island fled in panic as the bombardment triggered a fire storm.
Ekron Malcolm, Director of the Institute for Canadian Values; and REAL Women of Ontario for their vigilance and courage and strong leadership in describing the proposed sex education curriculum as a "form of corruption" that called for opposition through "a fire storm of response" and vigorous protest by concerned people.