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Wildfires Article, Forest Fires Information, Wildland Fires Facts -- National Geographic

Wildfires Article, Forest Fires Information, Wildland Fires Facts -- National Geographic | Forestry-Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Read an article about wildfires in the United States and get information, facts, and more about wildfires from National Geographic.
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Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 11, 2014 8:47 AM
3. When dry weather turns green land into dead grasses and brushes, conditions for these fires are prime. No rain, hot temperatures, and hot winds make this happen. Once these conditions are set, all they need is a spark. 4 out of 5 wildfires are sparked by humans, campfire or cigarettes, other things like lightning or downed power lines can do the deed.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 11, 2014 8:48 AM
4. Wildfires are always fought by human firefighters. They use old methods like dropping water and fire resisting substances onto the fire, but taking away one of the fire triangle elements works best. Forest firefighters use something called controlled burning to cease wildfires. This is where they start a small fire that they can control, that removes brush and grass that fuels the fire.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 11, 2014 8:51 AM
5. Although these fires sound harmful and destructive, they are crucial to a forests growth. Wildfires burn down trees which allows sunlight to reach new seedlings on the forest floor. They remove harmful bugs, and diseased plants. They also burn up dead or decaying plants, which puts nutrients back in the soil.
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Calif. firefighters brace for hot year, more than 400 January wildfires - Merced Sun-Star

Calif. firefighters brace for hot year, more than 400 January wildfires - Merced Sun-Star | Forestry-Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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Calif. firefighters brace for hot year, more than 400 January wildfires
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A firefighter walks along side burning brush as a fire fanned by Santa Ana winds burns out of control in Fontana, Calif.
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Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 12, 2014 8:34 AM
9. Last year there wasn't one wildfire until the end of January. This year there have been 400 wildfires already through february. One California fire fighter said that this January has conditions like August, extremely dry.
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Smokey Bear - Only You Can Prevent Wildfires

Smokey Bear - Only You Can Prevent Wildfires | Forestry-Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Smokey says, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires. Take the pledge and show your commitment to Wildfire Prevention.
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Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 11, 2014 8:55 AM
6. Along with some traditions tools and methods, there are some new technologies used to help prevent wildfires. The new technology gives the fire preventers quick information, which is crucial when trying to stop a wildfire. Fire mapping, satellite images, and accurate weather forecasts all help out when it comes to wildfires.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 11, 2014 8:58 AM
7. Many old methods for putting out fires have evolved as well. Things like firefighter clothing, fire-retardant chemicals, and air dropping water have all become better over time. However, with his hand tools the actual firefighter is the best thing we can use to halt these fires.
Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 11, 2014 9:02 AM
8. Once a wildfire has started, someone is needed to manage the situation and decide what to do. This is the job of the fire manager. They must quickly analyze what must be done to prevent these fires. They may decide to let the fire burn, only if it is naturally occuring because it can be helpful to the environment.
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Nacogdoches, Forest Service firefighters use prescribed burns for training - KTRE

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However, firefighters have known for a long time fire is also a valuable tool when used properly. This doesn't mean there's not room to learn more.
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Tyler Courtnage's comment, February 12, 2014 8:40 AM
10.You may think fire fighters already know everything there is to know about fire. You'd be wrong since they are always looking for new ways to use fire to control forest fires. They now use drones and heat targets to determine how fires are going to burn under certain conditions. This is how they will know how much fire to use in a controlled burn.