Spot fire

n. A fire ignited outside the perimeter of the main fire by a firebrand or any other piece of burning material (Andrews 1996; NWCG 2005).


  • Discussion


Fire growth by spot fires allow fires to cross barriers like rivers and highways.


  • See Also

  • References

    • Andrews, P.L. 1996. Fire behavior. In: Pyne, S.J.; Andrews, P.L.; Laven, R.D. Introduction to Wildland Fire. 2d ed. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons: Chapter 2.

    • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). 2005. Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology. [Online]. Available:


  • Notes

    • Author 

      Charles W. McHugh, Fire Spatial Analyst

      Rocky Mountain Research Station