It’s always wildfire season somewhere in the U.S. Wildfires can have damaging effects.
When wildfires occur during hot and dry weather, they can burn extremely hot, burning all vegetation.
If heavy rains follow a wildfire, soils can erode, causing landslides and degrading streams.
These huge fires create large plumes of smoke that affect people’s health.
Sources of drinking water can be degraded with soil and silt caused by runoff from vegetation-denuded slopes.
Houses can be damaged or destroyed, and firefighters’ and the public’s lives can be put at risk. Human behavior is usually to blame.
People, both directly and indirectly, are the cause of 9 out of 10 wildfires—whether due to children playing with matches or lighters; people carelessly discarding smoking materials or BBQ coals; sparks from power equipment and power lines; campfires or yard debris fires left unattended or improperly extinguished; or arson.
As a result, there is a continuing need for children and adults to learn the necessary care and caution when dealing with fire outdoors.
To learn how to prepare for wildfire season, visit www.readyforwildfire.org.
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