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spread like wildfire

Fig. [for something] to spread rapidly. Rumors spread like wildfire when people are excited. This disease will spread like wildfire when it gets going.
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like wildfire

everywhere very quickly The new dance has caught on like wildfire in all the popular clubs. Scandal spreads like wildfire around this office.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of wildfire (a fire that burns out of control)
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spread like wildfire

if disease or news spreads like wildfire, it quickly affects or becomes known by more and more people Once one child in the school has become infected, the disease spreads like wildfire. Scandal spreads like wildfire round here.
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spread like wildfire

Disseminate or circulate very quickly, as in The rumor about their divorce spread like wildfire. The noun wildfire means "a raging, rapidly spreading conflagration." [c. 1800]
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like wildfire

Rapidly and intensely: The disease spread like wildfire.
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Alberta s dedicated wildland firefighters protected people and property during one of the busiest wildfire seasons on record.
CPAW is a partnership between Wildfire Planning International and Headwaters Economics, two organizations dedicated to working with communities to develop and implement local planning measures to reduce wildfire risk.
Many experts agree that practices to suppress wildfires have caused vegetation to build up to such a degree that forests become even more vulnerable to larger fires.
At one time, wildfires were more likely to start in the late summer and early fall-and you could warn homeowners about the approaching 'wildfire season,'" said Christie Alderman, new products and services manager for Chubb Personal Insurance.
Despite the fact that the number of acres burned in 2013 is lower than the past several years, our study shows insurer risk from wildfire is still significant," says Neil Spector, president of Verisk Underwriting, in a statement.
Due to lack of effective mechanisms to prevent the devastating impact of wildfires, the country has gone through a major disaster," he said.
In addition to these mitigation techniques, certain insurers now provide homeowners with wildfire dam age prevention services to respond to approaching wildfires.
The odors of resin and oil linger on human skin and boot leather, reminding me that the shark-sharp teeth are never far from an artery, reminding me of New Mexico's wildfire dilemma: action is dangerous; inaction is catastrophic.
Then create a bar graph comparing the number of wildfires in your home state with that of four other states.
As wildfires hit the area, the Fire Department pulls on five crews -- about 320 prisoners -- who live year-round in guarded dormitories scattered from Malibu to Lancaster in secluded parts of local forests and canyons.
By advocating this position--and showing callous disregard for the immense damage that wildfire does to human beings and their property--the extreme greens showed themselves to be "destructionists", not conservationists.
The Forest Service issued a statement regarding Reddy: "Smokey Bear is, by law, America's icon for wildfire prevention.
Wildfires are characterized as brush and forest fires that commonly happen in relatively undeveloped areas.
Though not as severe as the 2007 wildfire season, the 2008 season included about $640 million in direct property losses from three wildfires in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in November, California officials estimate.
In addition to providing a property-level categorical risk rating for the total number and value of homes exposed to wildfires, the CoreLogic Wildfire Risk Model used to develop the report also assigns a numeric risk score to each property, ranging from 1 to 100.