"Forest fire" means a fire burning uncontrolled on lands covered wholly or in part by timber, brush, grass, grain, or other flammable vegetation. It is the most common hazard in forests. Forest fires pose a threat not only to the forest wealth but also to the entire regime to fauna and flora seriously disturbing the bio-diversity and the ecology and environment of a region.
Forest fire is a disaster that causes imbalances in nature and endangers biodiversity by reducing faunal and floral wealth. Forest fires may be caused due to natural or man made reasons.
The following is an example of a state law (California) defining the term:
Cal Gov Code § 55602. "Forest fire"
As used in this article, "forest fire" means any fire burning uncontrolled on any lands partially or wholly covered by timber, brush, grass, grain, or other inflammable vegetation.