Minecraft Fire: A Dicey Thing

Fire in Minecraft is a useful, albeit dangerous tool. Fire is a non-solid block that can spread if it has flammable material around it. Normal (orange) and soul fire (blue/turquoise) exist.

Here’s what you should know about fire in Minecraft:

  • Fire (+Soulfire) exists as a block only in the Nether (exclusively in the Bedrock version!).
  • Fire can be ignited with flint and steel or a fireball.
  • Fire spreads very fast. It can only be stopped with non-flammable blocks, water/snow or lava.
  • It has an “aging time” after which there is a chance of extinction.
  • Fire damage produces blurred vision and damage of 1 heart per second.
  • Items from burning mobs etc. will burn after a short time if dropped.Soulfire from the Soul Sands Valley in the Nether: Like magma and netherstone, they burn indefinitely.

Where do you get fire?

You can get fire as a block only in the Bedrock version in the Nether. Fire as a block is not possible in the Java version.

Getting fire indirectly?

By making torches or bonfires you can kind of create fire. Lightning can also start fires.

  • Torch = 1 stick + 1 coal
  • Campfire = 3 blocks of wood + 1 coal + 3 sticks

Starting and spreading a fire in Minecraft

Fires can be started with flint and steel or a fireball. For non-combustible material, the fire will go out after a short time; for water contact, it will go out immediately. With flammable material, especially e.g. leaves, the fire burns well and may even spread in a controlled (or uncontrolled!) manner. But be careful: A fire in Minecraft can also quickly spread uncontrollably!

How a fire spreads in Minecraft

Fire spreads dangerously fast and also in all directions. In other words, even when you enclose the fire on the sides with stone, it can spread upwards. Depending on the different flammability, a material/block ignites and burns faster or slower. The block then burns at the end.

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A fire in Minecraft is easily ignited …
fire in minecraft
… and can quickly become a danger.

Stopping fire in Minecraft

Fire can be stopped with non-flammable blocks, as well as by placing a block directly on the fire (also, fire can be knocked out on one side of the block). Furthermore, fire can be extinguished with water or lava, as well as with water bottles.

If mobs or you yourself touch burning water or jump into a cauldron of water, you will be extinguished.

Fire has an age property, starting at 0 (fire start) and going to 15. If there is no flammable material by age 3, it is extinguished. A fire will continue to burn after age 15 if it has flammable substrate, but there is a ¼ blocktick chance that it will be extinguished on normal ground.

Burning yourself and setting mobs on fire?

If you are on fire yourself, your vision blurs slightly and you lose 1 heart per second. In case of contact with water (as well as rain, powder snow etc.) the process stops.

Mobs can be set on fire as well, but the fire damages them less than e.g. a sword blow. If items are dropped afterwards, they disappear (burn) after a short time as well. Exceptions are tools/armor and a few materials from the nether. In general, many mobs from the nether have a fire resistance. For example, if meat is dropped as an item, it will change to the roasted state.

Soulfire and Infinite Fire

Soul fire (as well as soul camp fire and torch) is created when soul sand and soul soil are ignited in the Nether (Soul Sand Valley biome). In its pure form, however, it exists only on Soul Sand. Soul fires burn forever.

Magma Blocks and Netherrack also burn indefinitely once lit (unless intentionally extinguished, rain does not count). The fire on these two blocks exists only on the top of the block (never on the sides).

Some Fun Facts

  • If you set a hive ablaze, the bees flee.
  • Soul fire repels Piglins.

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