A very intense and destructive fire (typically one caused by bombing) in which strong currents of air are drawn into the blaze from the surrounding area making it burn more fiercely: firestorms after a nuclear exchange figurative the incident ignited a firestorm of controversy
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- Radio warnings effectively mobilized fire brigades and civil defence workers but neither could control the firestorms which swept across northern Tokyo.
- Army assistance was at the bushfire's front line less than a day after firestorms devastated Canberra's western suburbs on January 18.
- Only one minute long, it killed 3,000 people and ignited firestorms that burned for three days, forever changing the face of the Bay Area.
Definition of firestorm in:
- The US English dictionary