10 Interesting Facts about Forest Fires

The danger of fires that happened in the forest will be explained on Facts about Forest Fires. Forest fires belong to wildfires, followed by hill fires, grassland fires, and bush fires. The forest fires can spread quickly, especially in the dry area (trees, plants, woods) and can destroy everything including houses, town, and residents. Apparently, forest fires are caused by humans (accidentally or deliberately). Here are ten interesting facts about forest fires.

Facts about Forest Fires 1: The causes of forest fires

As we know that forest fires happened because of the human or naturally. Lightning, spark from falling rocks, and volcanic eruptions are the natural causes of forest fires. Whereas humans are usually careless while they are camping, such as leaving campfires unattended, burning the debris, and throwing a lit match or cigarette everywhere. That is why humans are the major cause of forest fires.

Facts about Forest Fires 2: The factors that make forest fires spread

There are three factors that caused forest fires spread quickly, including weather, fuel, and topography. When dry season, forest fires will spread through dried plants and grass. Whereas the winds will blow up the fires to move quickly. Besides, the temperature and the humidity also become the factors of it. That is why weather is the large impact of forest fires. The next is fuel, because it is needed by fire to burn and give impact how quickly the spread of fire. The last is topography (the shape and features of land). Maybe fires can spread or move quickly in the hill or steep slopes.

Forest fires spread quickly
Forest fires spread quickly

Facts about Forest Fires 3: The advantage of forest fires

Many people think that forest fires just make disadvantage of humans, but that is wrong. There is advantage of forest fires. They help to clean up the forest by burning the debris which can support to enrich the soil and make the trees to grow again.

Facts about Forest Fires 4: Campfire safety

There are some steps to avoid fires forest. The first is built the campfires in the safe location. Besides, do not forget to put out the campfires after used them.

Facts about Forest Fires 5: The fire triangle

Do you know a fire triangle? The fire triangle are needed of fire to burn. They are fuel (dry plants, flowers, woods), oxygen (it is delivered by air and wind), and heat sources (cigarettes, lightning, spark form campfire or falling rocks).

Facts about Forest Fires 6: The worst forest fires in the US

The forest fires in the Washington, Idaho, California, Wyoming, Oregon, and Colorado are the worst forest fires in the US.

Facts about Forest Fires 7: Crown fire

Forest fires that spread quickly along treetop are called as crown fire.

Facts about Forest Fires 8: Santa Ana winds

The hot and dry winds that can make the fire more dangerous in forest or bush lands are Santa Ana winds. They can move at 40 miles in a day and consume 1,000 acres hour. Besides, Santa Ana winds can be found in Southern California and Northern Baja California (during autumn and winter).

Santa Ana winds
Santa Ana winds

Facts about Forest Fires 9: The traditional methods to control the forest fires

Water dousing and spraying fire-retardant are the traditional methods to control the forest fires.

Facts about Forest Fires 10: The modern techniques to control the forest fires

Firebreak and airdrop are the two techniques which are used by firefighters to control the forest fires. Firefighters usually stop a fire by removing the fuel. They remove it in the line which is called firebreak. Whereas air drop is the way of dropping water, liquid, or gel through the airplanes and helicopters by firefighters.

The technique to controll the forest fires (airdrop)
The technique to controll the forest fires (airdrop)


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