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


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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In the early days of the 2019 wildfire season last month, a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. transformer near Mount Tamalpais failed, starting a quarter-acre brush fire. J.d. Morris,, "PG&E made big plans to reduce wildfire risk. Here’s its progress so far," 14 July 2019 This Thursday, July 11, 2019 photo provided by the County of Maui shows a brush fire that has prompted evacuation orders and diverted flights on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Washington Post, "Heat, wind fuel brush fire on Hawaii island of Maui," 12 July 2019 Firefighters battled a two-acre brush fire late Wednesday night that apparently started in a homeless encampment and threatened homes in the Skyline neighborhood. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire starts near homeless encampment, threatens Skyline homes," 4 July 2019 Fire crews battled a two-alarm brush fire in Livermore Monday evening that prompted the shutdown of westbound Interstate 580, according to fire officials and the California Highway Patrol. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Two-alarm brush fire closes I-580 in Livermore," 24 June 2019 The westbound lanes of Interstate 10 were temporarily closed in Avondale while firefighters battle a nearby brush fire Saturday afternoon, according to transportation officials. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Westbound I-10 closed in Avondale for brush fire," 29 June 2019 The collision resulted in a small brush fire, but no injuries. Ramona Sentinel, "SDG&E crews work to restore power after car crash," 13 June 2019 The resulting collision caused a small brush fire that was eventually extinguished by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Andy Nguyen,, "Car collision involving burglary suspect sparks small fire in Silver Lake," 13 June 2019 Marin County fire investigators determined that a failed Pacific Gas and Electric Co. transformer sparked Sunday’s small brush fire near Mount Tamalpais. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "PG&E transformer sparked fire on Mount Tamalpais, fire officials say," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of brushfire


1954, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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