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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Portland Fire & Rescue released surveillance video showing the individual walking across a parking in the area of Northeast Siskiyou and 82nd Avenue just moments before a massive brush fire erupted at the site of an old driving range Aug. 26. oregonlive, "Video: Portland authorities seek person of interest in 4-alarm fire that burned cars, homes, businesses," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities this week charged a 29-year-old man with starting a small brush fire in the woods behind Service High School last month after police found him Tuesday near another fire in South Anchorage. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Arrest made in Hillside brush fire after man found near second suspicious blaze," 4 Sep. 2019 Wailuku, Hawaii -- A brush fire has prompted thousands of evacuations and diverted some flights on the Hawaii island of Maui, officials said Thursday. CBS News, "Maui fire: Raging brush fire forces thousands of Hawaiians to evacuate their homes," 12 July 2019 Cal Fire and San Jose firefighters responded to a brush fire in South San Jose on Sunday afternoon., "210-acre brush fire burning along Highway 101 south of San Jose," 9 June 2019 High winds knocked over power lines, causing outages and a brief brush fire at a Boy Scout camp in Eagle River. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Fire officials warn of “extreme fire danger” amid high winds in Anchorage," 18 Aug. 2019 No structures were threatened and no injuries reported after a small brush fire erupted on Rockhouse Road near state Route 67 on Friday, July 12. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Rockhouse Road brush fire quickly snuffed," 12 July 2019 Another brush fire broke out Sunday in South San Jose near Morgan Hill. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Bay Area heat to reach triple digits Monday, raising fire and health risks," 9 June 2019 Traffic on northbound Interstate 5 in Snohomish County near Arlington was backed up for at least four miles Sunday as crews fought a brush fire in the freeway median, according to the Washington State Patrol. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Brush fire on I-5, collisions snarl Snohomish County traffic Sunday," 28 July 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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