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brush·​fire ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce brushfire (audio)
: involving mobilization only on a small and local scale
brushfire border wars

brush fire

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

Examples of brushfire in a Sentence

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Vegetation and brush fires were down from prior years due to heavy rain in the Kansas City metro, according to the press release. Caroline Zimmerman, Kansas City Star, 5 July 2024 The Boulder View Fire began as a brush fire on June 27, and has since grown to 3,711 acres with 80% containment, according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2024 On Monday afternoon, crews responded to a brush fire in a homeless encampment near Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue, LAFD spokesperson Melissa Kelley said. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2024 Nampa Dispatch was notified of the incident shortly after 3 p.m. Police said power lines fell down, creating a brush fire. Sally Krutzig, Idaho Statesman, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for brushfire 

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Word History

First Known Use


1954, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brushfire was in 1850

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“Brushfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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