Wildfires By: Brandon Head
What is a Wildfire? • A wildfire is a massive fire caused in the forest. Wildfires destroy huge amounts of land and can cause a large amounts of casualties.
How do we measure it? • The answer to that is that we don’t have a scale used to measure wildfires. We just see how much it burned.
When it happens • Wildfires usually happen during early spring or summer. However, wildfires can happen at any time conditions are right.
How can you stay safe? • People start most wildfires • Contact local fire department to learn fire safety laws • Create a 30-100 ft safety zone around your yard • Always listen to local fire officials
Common places for wildfires • Wildfires can happen anywhere that there is low moisture and has lots of flammable grass or wood. fire
Facts about wildfires • An average of 1.2 million acres of U.S woodland burn every year • 4 out of every 5 wildfires are caused by people • Surface fires-most common type of wildfire, move slowly across land • Ground fire-usually caused by lightning, burn through root system • Crown fire-spread by winds along tops of trees
Studying wildfires Meteorologists study wildfires only for right conditions. Scientists cannot predict when wildfires will happen because most wildfires are caused by a person’s actions.
Past wildfires • June 3rd, 2007 Sequoia National Park in California • September 5th, 1881 Lower peninsula of Michigan • June 22nd, 1988 Yellowstone National Park • April 16th, 2007 Georgia and Florida • 1983 Victoria, Australia
Sources • Ask.com • Google.com • Clipart • http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/wildfire/ • http://www.weather.com/ready/fire/facts.html