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Chapter 3
Learning about wildfires
In this presentation you will learn:
· where wildfires occur
· what causes wildfires
· details of the wildfires in southern Europe in
2009
· why wildfires are hazards
· how wildfires can help nature.
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Chapter 3
What are wildfires?
· A wildfire is any uncontrolled fire that occurs in
countryside or a wilderness area. Wildfires include
brush, bush and forest fires; any fire that takes hold
in, and destroys, natural vegetation.
· Wildfires can
spread rapidly and
cover vast areas.
They can change
direction without
warning and jump
across roads and
rivers.
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Chapter 3
Where are wildfires?
Wildfires are most common
in places that have hot dry
summers with rainfall at
other times of the year,
which allows trees and dense
vegetation to grow.
Some of these areas include:
·southern Europe
·forested areas of the USA,
As vegetation dries out in the long, eg. California
hot and dry summers, even one ·forested areas of Asia and
small spark can cause a major fire. Australia.
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Chapter 3
What causes wildfires?
Wildfires can have natural or
human causes:
Natural causes Human causes
Lightning Arson
Volcanic eruption Carelessness
4 out of 5 wildfires
caused by humans
Risk of wildfires can be increased by:
· heat waves
· droughts
· climate change
· hot strong winds.
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Chapter 3
Wildfires in Europe, summer 2009
Wildfires spread across parts of southern Europe as strong
winds fanned the flames during hot, dry weather. Several
people, including firefighters, died in the fires that struck
Spain, France, Greece and Italy.
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