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crown fire

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noun
  1. a forest fire that spreads along treetops, often at great speeds.

Origin of crown fire

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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Historical Examples

  • It is almost unbelievable, too, the way a crown-fire will jump.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler