#Flashfiction – Firestorm

Charli from Carrot Ranch’s 99-word flash fiction challenge this week is: August 6, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about molten lava. It can be real-time, such as a volcanic event or the result of one in the geologic timeline. Or, think about making the prompt into a metaphor of heat. What is so hot? Go where the prompt leads!


The dust storm distracted the authorities from the wildfire. No one realised, until it was to late, that it had developed into a firestorm, creating its own fire-induced winds which spread the blaze faster. Smaller fires started on the outskirts of the town as a result of firestorm induced spotting and lightning strikes. The winds spread the blaze and the change in the wind caused by the reduction in temperature from the dust storm, activated the sides of the main fire and the smaller ones, making them broader and bigger. It swept through the town, destroying everything and everyone.

You can join in this challenge here: https://carrotranch.com/2020/08/06/august-6-flash-fiction-challenge-2/

56 thoughts on “#Flashfiction – Firestorm

      1. They are terrifying and I live in an area of very high fire danger. We are one of the few lucky ones that home owners insurance didn’t drop us.

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        1. Haha, cli-fi is terminology I picked up in the blogosphere – it means climate change science fiction. I got side tracked with my nearly finished historical supernatural novel, A Ghost and His Gold and then C-19 struct and now it requires a revamp because it is futuristic but not to much into the future.

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          1. I admire you. I can barely keep track of fiction I write in real time and space, let alone adding another few dimensions. Whew! You should have a strong brain until you are into your 100s. 🙂


  1. Your piece reminded me of “Centralia (which) is a borough and near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from more than 1,000 residents in 1980 to 63 by 1990, to only five in 2017—a result of the coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962.”

    Facts can be sobering… One can only hope to learn from them.


  2. Oh wow. I remember driving out west and there were warnings that any sort of friction off the road – such as driving your car in the grass – could cause wildfires. It was dry out there, and I could see something like this happening as a result.

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