Wildfires – How They Spread
Have you ever heard of a fire triangle? Wildfires need three things to thrive and firefighters call these three things the fire triangle. They include a fuel source, such as dry wood and plants; oxygen, which is delivered by wind and air; and a heat source, such as a cigarette, a spark from a campfire, a lightning strike or even the sun.
Every year in the U.S., wildfires burn more than 5 million acres. Wildfires can start in a second and move at about 14 miles per hour.
Fun Facts about Wildfires for Kids
- Most wildfires are caused by humans, but some fires are caused by nature.
- Wildfires can destroy homes and buildings and even kill people.
- In some ways, wildfires are good, though. They clear dead and diseased plants so new plants can grow.
- Firefighters sometimes fight wildfires from planes or helicopters. They drop water or fire-retardant chemicals on or near the fire.
- Firefighters also fight wildfires by cutting back brush and grass.
- Thrive: grow, survive
- Fuel: something that can be burned or used for energy
- Spark: tiny flame
- Fire-retardant: doesn’t burn well
Learn More All About Wildfires
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This is a video animation about preventing wildfires.
Question: What can I do to prevent wildfires?
Answer: Most wildfires happen during the heat of summer in dry, western states, such as Utah, Idaho, California and Colorado. If you live in one of these states, follow local rules about fires and fireworks. Be extra careful with campfires.
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