brush·fire | \ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r \

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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The West fire was the largest of three brush fires that broke out during a sweltering heat wave Friday. J. Harry Jones,, "Some Alpine fire evacuations lifted; residents find homes in ruins," 7 July 2018 Crews are fighting a five-acre brush fire that started about 2:30 p.m. Monday on Creek Hollow Drive in Witch Creek east of Ramona. Ramona Sentinel, "Crews respond to 5-acre brush fire in Witch Creek," 2 July 2018 Orange County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service are battling a 15-acre brush fire in east Orange County, officials said Friday. David Harris,, "Crews battling 40-acre brush fire in east Orange County," 22 June 2018 Thousands of travelers even got an early start to the gridlock last Sunday when a brush fire closed one lane in each direction near New River. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "New lanes are coming to I-17 north of Phoenix, but not too soon," 23 May 2018 Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory will remain closed Wednesday after a 25-acre brush fire scorched hillsides in Griffith Park a day earlier. Javier Panzar,, "Griffith Observatory to remain closed through Friday after brush fire scorches parkland," 12 July 2018 The brush fire was reported in a riverbed near the Plaza Bonita mall. Karen Kucher,, "Brush fire near Bonita mall caused brief road closure," 28 June 2018 The large brush fire was contained and extinguished within about three hours. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Amid massive multimillion dollar blaze, ranger finds and saves two turtles," 5 May 2018 The fire was one of several brush fires that sparked across Southern California late last week during a record-breaking heatwave. Andy Nguyen,, "Fire in the Verdugo Mountains now mostly contained but the cause remains a mystery, Burbank officials say," 10 July 2018

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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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