Just like a good Hallmark movie, it all begins with a spark.
Wildfires can start in any dry area from a number of sources:
- Loose embers from burning debris
- Human error (cigarettes, unattended campfires, playing with matches, etc.)
- Heat from the sun
- Prescribed fires gone wrong
- A gender reveal party gone wrong
- A cross country oil pipeline gone wrong
While some of the causes of wildfires are natural, up to 90% of wildfires in the US are caused by humans in June, July, and August. Both natural and manmade wildfires will spread through anything flammable, including your house. If the conditions are right, wildfires can travel as fast as 12.5 miles per hour, so you better get out of the way! To reach maximum velocity, a wildfire needs four things:
- Low humidity
- High winds
- Drought or dry weather
- Extreme heat
Wow, it’s fun to learn new things, but why would I need to prepare for a wildfire?