pre·​fire | \ ˌprē-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce prefire (audio) \
variants: or pre-fire

Definition of prefire

: existing or occurring before a fire prefire building conditions pre-fire evacuation planning prefire London [=London before the Great Fire of London in 1666] The forest, with the exception of some very old and large trees, will regenerate quickly—although it could take as long as 300 years before the worst-burnt areas return to their prefire majesty.— M. Rogers and L. Wright

First Known Use of prefire

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Prefire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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