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crown fire

a forest fire that spreads along treetops, often at great speeds.
Origin of crown fire
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This was hot enough to be a crown fire, if a breeze helped it.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • The ground fire, lashed by the rising wind of the morning, had leaped off the earth and become a crown fire.

  • A bad wind had sprung up, and we didn't know but that we were to have a crown fire.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin

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