Wildfires can be one of the most powerful natural forces on the planet, and refer to an unwanted or damaging fire burning in a forest, on shrubs or grass. Today, more people are moving to woodland and remote mountain areas, but these beautiful landscapes are prone to destructive wildfires. Commit to wildfire preparedness and prevention today.
In 2011, there were 10,249 wildfires caused by lightning and a surprising 63,877 initiated by humans. Wildfires often occur when unattended burning debris escape from campfires or stoves, cigarettes, fireworks, fireplace ashes or equipment from ATVs and lawnmowers. In 2012, more than 2,200 structures were destroyed because of wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) estimated that around 72,000 wildfires burned 9 million acres of U.S. land in 2012.
Dedicated firefighters risk their lives everyday to protect individuals from unwanted and uncontrolled wildfires. But there are easy precautions that can be taken: wildfires are preventable.
Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service/Handout/Reuters
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