Wildfires

By Jacob Cruz

In Recent Years

In recent years, wildfires have burned 9 million acres of land.On average , more than 100,000 wildfires, also called woodland fires or forest fires, clear 4 million to 5 million acres of land in the U.S. every year.

What Causes Them

As many as 90 percent of wildfires in the united states are caused by humans.Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson.

Features

A wildfire is defined as being an uncontrolled fire that occurs in the wilderness.They can be massive in size and have the ability to spread across vast distances, jumping rivers, roads , and fire breaks in the process. usually, wildfires occur in hot and dry climates during the hottest months of spring and summer.

Positive Effects

Wildfires can serve to clean up any dead or decaying matter strewn across forest,which, in turn, enables an increase in new plant growth. Wildfires are also useful in maintaining the balance within an ecosystem by removing harmful insects and diseased plants.

Negative Effects

Wildfire is a part of nature. It plays a key role in shaping ecosystems by serving as an agent of renewal and change. But, fire can be deadly, by destroying homes, wildlife habitats and timber, and polluting the air with emissions harmful to human health.

How to Predict

There isn't really a good way to predict a wildfire.If there is a wildfire it can cause great destruction because it is a surprise.Not something that can be predicted.

Good to People

Without any fire to clear things, tangles and underbrush can build up ion the forest.Wildfires can create places to live.