Shrub-canopy fire

n. A wildland fire that burns as a solid wall of flame in a shrub canopy.

 

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Examples of shrub-canopy fires include most fires in chaparral, pocosin and oakbrush fuel complexes. A fire that burns only fuel beneath the shrub canopy is a surface fire. In the United States, shrub-canopy fires are traditionally modeled as surface fires rather than canopy fires. The term canopy fire refers specifically to fires burning in a forest (tree) canopy.