Causes of Wildfires
Wildfires are growing rapidly through the state of Florida and effecting our own communities and homes. Many believe the causes of these wildfires are the lack of rain Florida has had this spring, which is definitely a factor, but not the only one. Humans are actually one of the leading factors in these occurring wildfires even though we, Floridians are in a drought. In the United States, 90% of wildfires are caused by humans. What are we, as a society, doing to cause acres upon acres of burning?
- When cooking with fire on a grill or over a campfire, people are not taking the right precautions, whether that is not making sure all debris around the fire is clear or keeping a close eye on the fire or leaving it unattended.
- Some smokers are negligently discarding cigarettes or cigars, and in dry weather are unintentionally igniting debris or leaves.
- Children playing with fireworks, matches, or lighters.
- People who are intentionally participating in acts of arson.
- Equipment malfunctioning such as vehicles, tractors, yard equipment that uses gas, garage tools, etc.
- The burning of trash in yards or on large properties. These fires can easily spread by burning ashes or leaves or debris close to the fire.