Fire Terminology Demystified

Fire Terminology Demystified

People living in the Rocky Mountain Region have had earfuls of news about wildfires in their areas.

Often, the reports involve firefighter terminology that might not be understood by the general public. Sheridan County fire warden, Bill Biastoch, said terms like spotting, crowning, and torching all refer do different types of fire activity. He starts by explaining crowning and torching.

Crowning and torching can lead to spotting. spotting.

There is a link to a complete dictionary of wildland fire terminology available online at

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