To make a flare up fx:

make a sphere, apply the following material to it, then squash the sphere in emitter :

material for the sphere:

the rightmost emitter on top:

 

cool part : the top layer of the modulate material made the smoke glowing hot at beginning.

(The emitters within a particle system are sorted in the order they are added in the particle system from back to front.

That first emitter in the system will be rendered behind the second emitter which will be rendered behind the third system and so on. )

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