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View of one of the Tillamook Burn fires in August 1933.

A firestorm is a conflagration which attains such intensity that it creates and sustains its own wind system. It is most commonly a natural phenomenon, created during some of the largest bushfires and wildfires. Although the word has been used to describe certain large fires,<ref name="American National Fire Protection Association 2005 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=IWW8qOXd6sgC&pg=PA68#v=onepage&q&f=false 68"/> the phenomenon's determining characteristic is a fire with its own storm-force winds from every point of the compass.<ref>Alexander Mckee's Dresden 1945: The Devil's Tinderbox</ref><ref>PROBLEMS OF FIRE IN NUCLEAR WARFARE (1961) A fire storm is characterized by strong to gale force winds blowing toward the fire everywhere around the fire perimeter and results from the rising column of hot gases over an intense, mass fire drawing in the cool air from the periphery. These winds blow the fire brands into the burning area and tend to cool the unignited fuel outside so that ignition by radiated heat is more difficult, thus limiting fire spread.</ref> The Black Saturday bushfires and the Great Peshtigo Fire are possible examples of forest fires with some portion of combustion due to a firestorm. Firestorms can also occur in cities, usually as a deliberate effect of targeted explosives such as occurred as a result of the aerial firebombings of Hamburg, Dresden, and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


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