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The sad truth is that nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are still caused by humans:
- In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center).
- In 2014 more than 3.5 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. of those, more than 1.5 million acres burned due to human-caused wildfires.
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Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes.
We can also be more responsible in our homes when it comes to fire safety as well. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires was reported during these hours.
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I have not know anyone directly involved in a forest fir, but I always make sure we does the flames when camping. And the Hubby has to stay up to double check its all out for a little bit longer 🙂
Shauntea Crutcher says
Always be careful when dealing with fire and be aware of your surroundings.
I would say don’t litter and always make sure cigarette butts are out.
Elizabeth H. says
Don’t play with matches!!
Dana Matthews says
I don’t know anyone that has been affected personally by wildfires. I’m afraid of fire, so I stay away from it. I do know that being aware of your surroundings is very important when starting a fire of any kind. If it’s dry and dusty outside, it’s best not to even light one.
Richard Brandt says
Don’t set off fireworks during a drought condition.
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gretchen luper says
don’t throw cigarettes out the window.
I have friends who live in areas that have been affected it the past. Such a scary thing. Always be aware of conditions and never throw out cigarette butts or anything that could make a spark
I do not know anyone who has been affected by a wildfire. But my family and friends spend a lot of time in the woods and we are always careful about everything so that there will be no fire started.
Nicole Carter (Weasley) says
One tip I have is to always make sure your campfire is completely out before you leave! I have not thankfully known anyone who has been effected by a forest fire.
heather c says
Perhaps people don’t know that throwing a lit cigarette butt out the window can be the cause of fires…and not just in the United States! Please be careful, and put out cigarettes in your car (and keep the butts there).