The West Coast is being pummeled by wild fires from North to South. Two of the fastest burning fires in our home state, were started by people. The fire raging in Northern California, began with a scuff between two people, with the fire being suspected of an intentional beginning. Further south is a fire being battled because of a Gender Reveal party. There are SO many ways fires can rage, and it is so unnecessary for any of that blame to be put on us. Humans account for some 84% of wildfires. We should be here to protect our planet, not tear it apart. So today, we would like to bring attention to the fact that we CAN keep our forests from burning.
Let's all work together to keep fires in their place.
Millions of acres of land are burned by wildfires every year across the United States, and humans are to blame for many of the blazes.
On average, there are more than 60,000 human-ignited fires every year across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
That is significantly higher than fires started by lightning. Unlike fires that are started by lightning strikes, human-caused fires are usually easy to prevent and are often the result of people not taking proper precautions.
Human-caused fires burn an area larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined each year.
Campfires top the list of ways that humans start wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Typically, campfires either grow out of control and the people who built the fire do not have a way to stop it, or they fail to extinguish the fire properly, allowing the fire to re-ignite after they leave.
Here are five tips to follow to significantly reduce the chance of a campfire growing out of control:
1. Check with a local ranger or park office to make sure that it is safe to have a campfire.
2. Have a fire ring for your fire that is made out of stone or metal.
3. Have water readily available to put out the fire if it does begin to grow out of control.
4. Never keep firewood right next to the fire. Make sure to keep it a safe distance away if the fire manages to escape the fire ring.
5. When extinguishing a fire, make sure that it is no longer smoking, crackling or smoldering. The coals should be cold enough where you can run your hand through them safely.
Let's all chip in and fight fire without Fire!
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