- There are natural causes for forest fires, which lead to widespread fire as these fires occur more in the summer, and this indicates that weather has an impact on them. In order for the fire to occur in the forest naturally, it needs three natural elements called the “triangle of fire” which are: Heat, fuel, and oxygen.
Most natural fires occur in the summer as mentioned above, as high temperatures encourage the spread of fires, dry grass and dry leaves constitute an excellent fuel for fires, while the wind provides the oxygen necessary to set the fire on.
And with these three natural elements abundant in the woods, all we have left for a fire to happen is only "spark."
Lightning is often the source of this spark that devours large swaths of green forests.
In addition to lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions or sparks resulting from falling rocks and rubbing them together may contribute to forest fires.
What factors contribute to the spread of fires to cover wider areas?
Weather: Fires often occur in the summer, when droughts control herbs and plants scattered in forests.
The temperature, humidity, and wind speed affect the spread of the fire.
In the event of a minor fire, the wind will spread it more broadly, because oxygen feeds the fire and increases it.
Fuel: Any fire that needs fuel consumed to ensure its continuity.
In the case of forests, the trees and herbs under which they grow biofuel are a bumper of these fires, which contributes to their widespread spread.
Terrain: The shape and shape of forests play an important role in the rapid spread of fires and their reach to wider areas.
Where fires tend to move quickly over steep slopes on both sides of mountains and hills, unlike flat lands.
Examples of forest fires that led to heavy material losses
The intensity of these fires has reached such a degree that the satellites in outer space have been able to capture clear pictures of these fires:
Amazon Fires: Fires are common in the Amazon jungle during the dry season, which starts from July to October. And fires can be ignited by nature as in lightning strikes, but they may also be triggered by farmers and loggers who get rid of firewood to prepare the land for growing new crops or for grazing.