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WHAT IS A WILDFIRE?

"Wildfire" is the term applied to any unwanted, unplanned, damaging fire burning in forest, shrub or grass and is one of the most powerful natural forces known to people.

While sometimes caused by lightning, nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused.

Why has the number of acres burned remained high over the last few years?

Many factors are involved and include:

  1. Past fire suppression policies which allowed for the accumulation of fuel in the form of fallen leaves, branches, and excessive plant overgrowth in forest and wildland areas.
  2. Increasingly dry, hot weather.
  3. Changing weather patterns across the US.
  4. Increased residential development in the wildland/urban interface.
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Approximate number of acres burned in the U.S. so far this year based on historical statistics.

 

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