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Here's how wildfires get started—and how to stop them

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Understanding wildfires

Wildfires can spread across millions of acres of land in a very short time. These flames travel up to 14 miles an hour and can overtake the average human in minutes.

The destruction caused by wildfires in the United States has increased. Since 2000, about ...

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Only 10 to 15 percent of wildfires arise on their own. The rest is caused by humans, such as unattended camp and debris fires, cigarettes, and arson.

Natural wildfires can occur during dry weather and droughts, where the vegetation becomes dry, flammable fuel. A spark in the form of lightin...

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One of the three conditions that make and sustain a fire must be removed. These conditions are fuel, air, or heat sources that could help spark the wildfire.

  • One method is to douse existing fires with water or fire ret...

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Natural occurring wildfires play a vital part in nature. It burns decaying matter and can return trapped nutrients to the soil. It can act as a disinfectant by removing plant diseases and harmful insects.

Wildfires also thin forest canopies and undergrowth, enabling the sun to shine on the ...

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  • If you become aware that a wildfire is moving toward your area, leave immediately.
  • If you live in a fire-prone area, have an evacuation plan in mind with a bag with emergency supplies.
  • Keep brush, weeds, and other potential f...

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when itDuring:

  • If you can, leave.
  • Listen for emergency alerts.
  • Stay inside if you cannot leave. Go to the safest building with the lowest smoke levels. Breathe through a wet cloth if you don't have a mask.
  • If you are caught outside, find a body ...

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