Definition of wildfire
: very rapidly the news spread like wildfire
Examples of wildfire in a Sentence
The recent wildfires were made worse by the strong winds.
Recent Examples of wildfire from the Web
The agreement doesn’t announce any major changes in firefighting strategy but emphasizes a need for efficiency and communication during an upcoming wildfire season that both secretaries say will be challenging.
In 2016, wildfires destroyed 4,000 acres of the park.
The vast greenery will turn yellow in the dry summer heat, becoming a source of fuel for wildfires.
Smoke from wildfires in northwestern Broward County cast Sunday morning skies with a high haze, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.
Officials say the wildfire started Friday but had not released a cause.
Last year, Shawna Lynn Jones was the first female inmate in state history to die while battling a wildfire in February.
In Montana, the news of the altercation spread like a Big Sky wildfire, dominating newspaper front pages and local television news in Bozeman, Mr. Gianforte’s adopted hometown, and across the sprawling state.
Finally, closer to home, ScienceBlog notes that a Scripps Institution study implicates global warming in Western US wildfires.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wildfire'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of wildfire
WILDFIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wildfire for English Language Learners
: a fire in a wild area (such as a forest) that is not controlled and that can burn a large area very quickly
WILDFIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of wildfire for Students
: an uncontrollable fire that destroys a wide area
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up wildfire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).