bush·​fire | \ ˈbu̇sh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce bushfire (audio) \

Definition of bushfire

: an uncontrolled fire in a bush area

Examples of bushfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, a large bushfire near the region's Margaret River destroyed more than 6,000 hectares (14,826 acres) of land, forcing evacuations, according to BBC News. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 13 Jan. 2022 His entry showed a bird’s eye view image taken by a drone of a line of bushfire ripping through a wildlife reserve in Queensland. NBC News, 1 Dec. 2021 Smoke from Australia’s 2019–2020 bushfire season littered the Southern Ocean with iron, nourishing an unprecedented algal bloom more expansive than Australia itself. Nikk Ogasa, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 The awful bushfire season of 2019–20 in Australia, for instance, produced 38 of these plumes over the course of just a few days. Matt Simon, Wired, 27 July 2021 The overall winner was taken by photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, who encountered a female eastern grey kangaroo (below), with a joey in her pouch, that somehow had survived a devastating bushfire near Australia’s southeast coast. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Australia's bushfire season is only expected to worsen in lockstep with global heating. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 22 Apr. 2021 In Australia, a bushfire has been burning out of control for six weeks now in the popular tourist spot of Fraser Island as parts of the country swelter through a record-breaking heatwave. Emma Reynolds, CNN, 7 Dec. 2020 The blaze was the first significant bushfire so far in Australia’s annual fire season, the ferocity of which scientists say is becoming increasingly difficult to predict. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bushfire

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Bushfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushfire. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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