A wildfire is defined as "a large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush." In some places, they can engulf homes and destroy environments. In contrast to most natural disasters, they are often started by and can be prevented by humans.
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The first step in preventing a disaster is to learn about it. How do wildfires start? Why are they so dangerous?
Sometimes wildfires can be started purely by nature. Lightning strikes and intense heat from the sun are possible natural causes of wildfires.
However, more often, humans cause wildfires. Unattended heat sources like campfires, burning yard waste, fireworks, cigarettes, and more are all common, manmade causes of wildfires.
Humans might start them most of the time, but typography, the condition of the forest, and weather conditions make the fire spread dangerously.
Being responsible and following all rules about fire and fire safety the area you are in is one way to prevent human caused wildfires. Here are some others...
Wildfires are devastating. While humans often start wildfires, that means that humans can often prevent them.
Never leave a heat source unattended. Keep an eye on your fires and douse any fire before leaving
When using cigarettes or matches, keep water on hand to make sure they're put out
Always make campfires in safe and appropriate areas
Generally, be watchful and safe when using fire
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is an organization that takes steps to protect property, life, and the environment after a fire. They do different things to stabilize the environment and alleviate emergency conditions.
What happens after a fire?
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Wildfires are a natural disaster that are devastating, but ultimately can be prevented most of the time. By being responsible and controlling your fires properly, you can help stop a whole terrible disaster.