Nationally, almost 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. These preventable wildfires threaten lives, property and our precious natural resources. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a public land pro, you play a valuable role in preventing wildfires and protecting our natural resources.
Why is preventing wildfires important?
Even more importantly, trees and plants in the forest make sure that the Earth’s temperature is livable and that we have enough oxygen to breathe. Wildfires are unplanned and unwanted fires that are very dangerous to people who use the forests and outdoor areas or live in nearby homes and communities.
Why should we care about forest fires?
Forest fires often stimulate new growth
Forest fires release valuable nutrients stored in the litter on the forest floor. They open the forest canopy to sunlight, which stimulates new growth. They allow some tree species, like lodgepole and jack pine, to reproduce, opening their cones and freeing their seeds.
How can we prevent forest fires naturally?
Forest Fire Prevention Tips
- Obey local laws regarding open fires, including campfires;
- Keep all flammable objects away from fire;
- Have firefighting tools nearby and handy;
- Carefully dispose of hot charcoal;
- Drown all fires;
- Carefully extinguish smoking materials.
What are the positive effects of wildfires?
Fire removes low-growing underbrush, cleans the forest floor of debris, opens it up to sunlight, and nourishes the soil. Reducing this competition for nutrients allows established trees to grow stronger and healthier. History teaches us that hundreds of years ago forests had fewer, yet larger, healthier trees.
Are wildfires good or bad?
Wildfires can be good and healthy for a forest. The fires clean the forest floors and allow beautiful flowers and mushrooms to return and grow. Fires also get rid of diseased trees and nasty bugs that can kill the trees. Some trees need the fire to release their seeds to grow, like Lodgepole pines.
What are the main causes of forest fires?
Nearly 85 percent* of wildland fires in the United States are caused by humans. Human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, equipment use and malfunctions, negligently discarded cigarettes, and intentional acts of arson. Lightning is one of the two natural causes of fires.
How do wildfires affect humans?
Wildfires increase air pollution in surrounding areas and can affect regional air quality. The effects of smoke from wildfires can range from eye and respiratory tract irritation to more serious disorders, including reduced lung function, bronchitis, exacerbation of asthma and heart failure, and premature death.
Who is most affected by wildfires?
Top 10 States For Wildfires Ranked By Number Of Fires And By Number Of Acres Burned, 2020
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How can we help the fires in California?
The California Disaster Help and Information Center (CDHIP) provides assistance for families impacted by wildfires. Families can get cash aid and food assistance through CalWORKs, a program run by county welfare departments. CalFresh will issue monthly benefits on an EBT card that can be used for food.