One of the worst nightmares to have while playing Minecraft is to have your wooden house burned down by quickly spreading fires. Similar to real life, spreading fires can be hard to control and extinguish in the game.
Even if you have a whole inventory full of water buckets, it will not be enough to save all the hard work you have put into your now burning home. Thus, using commands to turn off fire spread is very useful for builders.
Disable Fire Spread In A Singleplayer World/Minecraft Server
Just follow the easy steps to disable the fire spread mechanic in Minecraft:
- Make sure that you have cheats enabled so that you can type a console command. Cheats should be enabled to insert a command line to disable fire spread.
Note: When you are playing in a Minecraft server, contact the host or the server owner to disable the fire spread mechanic or do it yourself if you are the server owner.
- The next step is that you should navigate and open the Minecraft server console. You can also simply log in to your own Minecraft server.
- Open the console commands textbox or the chat box by pressing the chat button (the default is "T").
- Type in the textbox the following line: /gamerule doFireTick false. Remember to copy the command line as it is stated above so that the change will work.
- Hitting enter after typing the command code will immediately apply the new game rule. As soon as you do this, the fire spread mechanic will be disabled and the fires in your world will quickly extinguish.
- However, if you changed your mind, and you want to experience an overworld hell again in Minecraft, you can activate and re-enable fire spread in Minecraft. You can do this by simply changing the command code above from false to true. On the other hand, you can just simply copy and enter this line of code in the console: /gamerule doFireTick true. As said earlier, remember to copy or type the line as it is, for it to work.
- With this, you can now set fire to a whole forest again, since the fire-spreading command is reactivated. In-game fire will spread quickly again, similar to a wildfire in real life.
The importance of having the ability to change the game rule of having spreading fires is to have room for a lot of personal preferences and customization techniques. A lot of Minecraft builders use wood as the primary building block in their projects. Hence, turning off fire spread is a lot helpful to avoid their project being burned down by rogue fires.
Other than that, tame fires can also be a part of the project's decorations itself. Therefore, using this command line will ultimately help you or your friends avoid disaster when playing on a server.
Sources of Fire Spread
Knowing the sources where fire can generate and easily spread is also essential to prevent disastrous damage to your building projects. Fire is usually generated by lava, lightning strikes, player-controlled flint & steel, TNT, and a shot of fire charge.
Fire will follow any flammable surfaces. It can also climb up walls, spread across multiple floors, and even in ceilings. It can move one block in any direction, including diagonals as long as there are flammable blocks that it can spread into.
Pro Tip: Any fire that eventually spreads and creeps its way into a valid frame of obsidian blocks will activate the nether portal.
Here is a quick list of all the flammable blocks that can easily catch fire:
- Any type of Logs, Stripped Logs, Wood, Stripped Wood, Planks, Wooden Slabs, Fence Gates, Fences, Wooden Stairs
- Block of Coal
- Composter, Hay Bale
- Beehive, Bee Nests
- Target Block
- Vines, Cave Vines, Leaves, Azalea, Hanging Roots, Bamboo, Bamboo Shoots (Bedrock Edition) Flowers, Sweet Berry Bush, Grass, Dead Bush, Big and Small Dripleaf, Spore Blossom, Mangrove Roots
- Bookshelves, Lecterns
- Wool, Carpets
- Dried Kelp Block
- Scaffolding, Bamboo Mosaic
Quick Tip: In contrast to normal fire, soul fire (blue fire) cannot spread. It also does not burn any flammable blocks nearby.
Keep these blocks away from any potential sources of fire and your base should be fine. It only takes one line of code to type and enter in the console to save your houses from fires in Minecraft.