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A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a forest, grassland or prairie. Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of residents and first responders.
Wildfires can start from natural causes, such as lightning, but most are caused by humans, either accidentally—from cigarettes, campfires, or outdoor burning—or intentionally.
Steps to prevent wildfires include being careful not to start fires during periods of drought, storing flammable items when not in use, and asking the power company to clear branches from power lines.
What are wildfires and how do they start? Learn how we can prevent destructive wildfires.
You can prevent wildfires.
Check out important safety tips from smokeybear.com.
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In 2018, wildfires in California raged across the state. Watch this report from CNN that shows the magnitude of the wildfires.
Wildfires and deadly heat waves around the world