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I like very specific words and this would help me with a poem I'm writing. Also, if you have any references for very specific words/know any yourself (English or otherwise), they would be appreciated. (:

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    Wildfire......? – Ste Nov 25 '14 at 11:39
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I think conflagration would work for this.

con·fla·gra·tion noun \ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən\ : a large destructive fire

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'Holocaust' also comes to mind although it is a heavily laden term , meaning 'burnt whole' and 'thorough destruction by fire.' From your description it's hard to beat 'conflagration' or 'wildfire'--their only down-side is that they are so familiar.

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You could call your fire a three-alarmer:-

One-alarm, two-alarm, three-alarm fires, or higher, are categories of fires indicating the level of response by local authorities, with an elevated number of alarms indicating increased commitment of resources.

This would have the advantage that it has already appeared (or not) in poetry:-

The one L lama, he's a priest

The two L llama, he's a beast

And I will bet my silk pyjama

There isn't any three L lllama.

(Ogden Nash) Some publications have his footnote:-

*The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh.

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