Wildfires- Uncontrolled Fires

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Ever heard of the "Finagle's corollary to Murphy's Law" that states that, "Anything that can go wrong, willa -- at the worst possible moment?" In our world of more than 7 billion people who reside on the planet Earth, natural disasters are a big part of our lives, some more than others. Of the seven main natural phenomena that result in disaster (Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods, Tsunamis, Volcanic Eruptions, Landslides) wildfires can be one of deadliest. A wildfires are uncontrolled fires, which is why they are so dangerous. Often wildfires occur in uncultivated, unpopulated areas, however, they can occur anywhere and destroy homes, agriculture, humans, and animals in their path(dosomething.org). An average of 116,000 burned 4 million acres of U.S. woodland burn per year between 1988-1997( Omi). Furthermore, in 2004, wildfires burned more than 8 million acres in 40 States(USGS). Although a wildfire can be a horrific scene of destruction some organisms(plants and animals) benefit from them. In this brief essay I would like to cover three main concerns that involve wildfires: (1) What is a wildfire and it’s chemistry makeup, (2) What causes wildfires and where do they typically take place,(3) After a wildfire occurs, what impact does it have on the environment, advantages and disadvantages. Firstly a wildfire, which is commonly known as a wild-land fire, forest fire, vegetation fire, grass fire, peat fire, bushfire (in Australia), or hill fire, are, as stated earlier, uncontrollable fires that can accrue anywhere. Fire particularly is a chemical reaction, called combustion(nps.gov). According to environmental historian Stephen J. Payne the fundamental chemistry of combustion lies at the core of the living world; that when it happ... ... middle of paper ... ...eb. 2014. . • "Weather Wiz Kids Weather Information for Kids." Weather Wiz Kids Weather Information for Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. . • "Wildfire Hazards—A National Threat." USGS Science for a Changing World. USGS, Feb. 2006. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. . • "Wildland Fire: Effects of Fire | U.S. National Park Service." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 2014. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. . • "Wildland Fire: Fire Triangle | U.S. National Park Service." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. .

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