brushfire

adjective
brush·​fire | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce brushfire (audio) \

Definition of brushfire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving mobilization only on a small and local scale brushfire border wars

brush fire

noun

Definition of brush fire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fire involving low-growing plants (such as scrub and brush)
2 : a minor conflict or crisis putting out political brush fires

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Firefighters on Sunday were also able to completely contain the brush fire sparked by the crash. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Three bodies found in Volcan fire plane wreckage," 14 May 2018 Two lanes have been closed to traffic on eastbound Interstate 8 at the West Victoria overpass east of Tavern Road due to a brush fire in Alpine that reached 150 acres shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fire triggers lane closures on I-8 near Alpine," 6 July 2018 In Alpine, firefighters are working to extinguish a fast-moving brush fire that has spread over about 10 acres near Interstate 8 and West Willows Road, Cleveland National Forest officials report. Ramona Sentinel, "Brush fires in Dulzura and Alpine; 114 degrees in Ramona," 6 July 2018 Officials were worried about landslides in west Maui because brush fires during Hurricane Lane three weeks ago wiped out vegetation, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Tropical storm drops light rain as it nears Maui, Big Island," 12 Sep. 2018 As many dealt with flooding and even brush fires, swimmers and surfers ignored warnings from authorities and plunged into powerful waves at the closed beach on Oahu — the most populated island. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane floods homes as others take to the waves," 24 Aug. 2018 Officials were worried about landslides in west Maui because brush fires during Hurricane Lane three weeks ago wiped out vegetation, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Tropical storm drops light rain as it nears Maui, Big Island," 12 Sep. 2018 Officials were worried about landslides in west Maui because brush fires during Hurricane Lane three weeks ago wiped out vegetation, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Tropical storm drops light rain as it nears Maui, Big Island," 11 Sep. 2018 As flooding hit the Big Island, brush fires broke out in areas of Maui and Oahu susceptible to flames. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane weakens to tropical storm near Hawaii, but more damage expected," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of brushfire

Adjective

1954, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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