Presented by Cami Jolly and Jill Bintner

About Wildfires

Wildfires are one of the most destructive hazards that can take place in nature. Fires can start very quickly, and can destroy thing even faster. They commonly begin from a strike of lightning in a dry area. Fires mostly start in grasslands, forests, or any other dry biome. All of these places are hot and dry, the ideal place for a wildfire to begin. When the lightning strikes, sparks fly and ignite any dry shrub that it hits. Once this fire starts, it rapidly spreads, and there are few ways to stop it. Although rain can put it out, chances of precipitation can be slim in dry areas. Another way that it can be stopped is by the force of humans. It can take days for firefighters to put out a fire, but it is one of te only ways it can be stopped.

Local impacts of this type of natural hazard are that it will burn everything in it's path. This includes trees, bushes, homes, and in some cases, people. After a wildfire goes through an area, there will be nothing left but ashes and dust. This is another big impact that a fire has on an area because there will be absolutely nothing left.

In some cases, there are global impacts from a fire. The global impacts of fires are as follows: People will be asked to give donations for the firefighters, and the people impacted by the hazard. Another thing that the globe is able to do is that they can offer out their homes to some of the other who have lost theirs to the flames.

Although this technology is not perfected yet, it can still help in the prediction of fires. the HIGRAD/FIRETEC has been invented to predict when and where a wildfire can begin. It does this by looking at the the relationships between fires and their surroundings. It can calculate the airflow, landscape, and different plants (fuels) in an area. This is a huge help because now, scientists and park rangers are able to see the chances of a wildfire happening.

Even though this technology is helpful it is not perfect because wildfires are so unpredictable. However thanks to the HIGRAD/FIRETEC, we now have an idea of where a fire can start.

There's a lot that an be done for the people affected by wildfires. A lot of times, the biggest help the donations coming in from other areas. An other thing that can be done is that people can offer out there homes for those who's house has been burned down.

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