What is the biggest wildfire in history?
America’s Most Devastating Wildfires
|The Great Michigan Fire||October 8, 1871||2.5 million|
|Hinckley Fire||September 1, 1894||160,000|
|Yacolt Fire||September 1902||Over 1 million|
|The Big Burn||August 1910||3 million|
What are the causes of wildfires?
The cause of a wildfire depends on the source of the heat that ignited a fuel source.
- Fuel in the form of live or dead trees, vegetation and other organic matter;
- Oxygen in the air around us;
- Heat to ignite and burn, from lightning or human sources.
How many wildfires are caused by humans?
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior.
How can we manage forests?
Management objectives can be for conservation, utilisation, or a mixture of the two. Techniques include timber extraction, planting and replanting of different species, building and maintenance of roads and pathways through forests, and preventing fire.