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A sand fire was a type of sandstorm that occurs in Vulcan deserts. These storms advanced at high speeds and were characterized by strong winds and blinding sand, as well as lightning-like discharges of electricity close to the ground. Sand fires could last from hours to days, during which travelers must seek shelter in a sealed space.

In 2154, Captain Jonathan Archer, Commander T'Pol, and Arev were caught in a sand fire in Vulcan's Forge. They took shelter in a cave, but Arev was killed by an electrical strike. (ENT: "The Forge")

According to DVD text commentary for "The Forge," sand fires are created by static electricity generated when sand particles rub together in the windstorm.
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