Since 1991 wind has been a factor in at least five FDNY deaths and in several other close calls. Wind's danger comes from its ability to suddenly transform a manageable fire into a blowtorch that puts firefighters nearby in danger and makes it harder for others to get close enough to apply water or make rescues. And in high-rise buildings, wind can be a more significant factor than it appears to be from the ground; in fact, if wind is blowing into a flaming room, firefighting personnel on the outside might not see much fire at all.
For at least the past five years the FDNY (along with fire departments in Chicago and Toledo) has been working with the National Institute for Standards and Technology to better understand wind-driven fires and test some new tactics for dealing with them. You can read more about that work here.
Below, watch one of the NIST tests to see what happens to a relatively small bed fire when the window in the room breaks and wind begins rushing in. The camera on the lower right displays the temperature of the wall it is aimed at. Watch it soar.