Natural fires are actually very helpful to the ecosystem. They clear out dead plants, allowing nutrients to reproduce and give way for new plants to grow. Fire also can help in the reproduction of some plants.
How does a wildfire start?
A wildfire is normally caused by lightning, with some also being caused by dry fuel such as sawdust or leaves. Fires can also be created by humans, which damages the ecosystem if it happens too regularly. Some ways that humans can create wildfires are:
Smoking, recreation and equipment.
What is needed to create fire?
Something known as a 'Fire Triangle', is referring to the things needed to create fire. It is known as a triangle as only three things are needed; Oxygen, fuel and heat. This statement is used because of the three points of a triangle.
How long does a typical wildfire last for?
A typical wildfire lasts for more than five weeks. Wildfires now last up to TWICE as long than the 1980s. This means severe damage could be taken, and could hurt the ecosystem.
Other facts about wildfires!
Some facts about wildfires are:
- A wildfire (also known as a forest fire or peat fire) is an uncontrolled fire.
- Roughly 90% of wildfires are created by humans.
- Wildfires are ALSO referred to as Surface Fires, Dependent Crown Fires, Spot Fires and Ground Fires by firefighters.
- Crown Fires are spread by wind moving quickly atop trees. Running Crown Fires are even more dangerous because they are extremely hot, travel even quicker than Crown Fires and can change direction quickly.
- One of the largest fires in recent history was in 1825 when a fire burnt in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, burning 3 million acres of forest.
How can we help stop human made wildfires?
Barbecues, smoking, bonfires, fireworks and more can be risky for wildfire creation. We may not want to stop doing these things, but just by doing it less we can help to stop human made wildfires being so common.
Do you agree that these are the actions we should take to stop these wildfires?
Thank you for reading!