bushfire

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

Definition of bushfire

Australia
: an uncontrolled fire in a bush area

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Over 130 bushfires burned across Australia last November as well, with thousands of residents evacuated and schools closed—a counterpart to the California wildfires in the U.S. last spring and fall. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Heat Wave Killed One Third of Spectacled Fruit Bats in Australia," 18 Jan. 2019 According to local authorities, the ongoing bushfires are the worst seen this season. Laignee Barron, Time, "Raging Australia Bushfire Destroys 70 Homes and Sends Residents Fleeing," 19 Mar. 2018 Extreme heat and strong winds contributed to the quick spread of bushfire, leading to mass evacuations, according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Australians flee to the beach to avoid a massive coastal bushfire," 19 Mar. 2018 Separate bushfires raging in the neighboring state of Victoria have reportedly destroyed 18 properties, killed livestock and burned more than 98,000 acres. Laignee Barron, Time, "Raging Australia Bushfire Destroys 70 Homes and Sends Residents Fleeing," 19 Mar. 2018 At the same time, the value of the Australian dollar surged to a 25-year high against the U.S. dollar, and drought and bushfires decimated vineyards and wineries in Victoria. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Surprising Australian Wines Are Storming America’s Shores," 9 Oct. 2017 The echidna, or spiny anteater, is a marvel of defensive self-preservation, from its impenetrable spikes to its amazing ability to breathe through bushfires. smithsonianmag.com, "Meet the Echidna, an Incredible, Fire-Proof Spiny Anteater," 30 Sep. 2017

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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