Definition of crown fire in English:

crown fire


  • A forest fire that spreads from treetop to treetop.

    • ‘High fire-induced mortality in these forests could result from either high intensity crown fire or lower intensity surface fire.’
    • ‘Sometimes a rapid crown fire singes pine cones hut the seeds inside are protected.’
    • ‘When that happens, a crown fire breaks out, and the forest can burn with destructive intensity.’
    • ‘When crown fires sweep through these forests, the public takes notice.’
    • ‘But these upland areas were susceptible to lightning strike and crown fires may have spread rapidly.’
    • ‘In these crowded stands, trees become increasingly susceptible to attack by insects and pathogens, blowdowns in storms, and catastrophic crown fires as live and dead forest fuel builds up.’
    • ‘This was an era of very limited fire suppression, and yet like today, large crown fires covering tens of thousands of acres were not uncommon.’
    • ‘In Canada's boreal forests, fire regimes are generally characterized by high-intensity crown fires that initiate secondary-succession processes in the burnt areas.’
    • ‘This high-intensity crown fire killed almost all trees in the area, leaving only small patches of unburned forest.’
    • ‘But dead wood and saplings serve as a ladder for surface fires to climb into the canopy, where they become the blast furnace of wildfires: the crown fire, in which temperatures surge beyond 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.’
    • ‘When flames get that large, the resulting crown fires can kill mature ponderosa pines that have survived less intense surface blazes.’
    • ‘Flames, which boiled in the crowns of Douglas fir and ponderosa pines, catapulted forward on heavy winds partly of the fire's own making-a classic crown fire.’
    • ‘In the West, where fires are more apt to crown (or burn in the treetops rather than stay to the ground) firelines as wide as Interstate highways frequently are rendered useless because of the intense conditions of crown fires.’