Fires can occur for many reasons, but more often than not they are caused by people. According to a 10-year study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, 84% of fires firefighters were called to fight were caused by humans. More recently and especially during the summer, when land is so dry and hot something as simple as a lit cigarette flicked out of the window of someone’s car, a downed powerline or a tire rim that scrapes the surface of pavement causing a spark can be the beginnings of a fire. These things may seem small but are actual reported causes of wildfires.
Fires need three things to proliferate: heat, oxygen, and fuel. High temperatures allow for the fire to spread. It evaporates moisture from the air and plants, making them dry, brittle and quick to catch.
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