Droughts and wildfires are a hot topic.

Droughts are periods of high temperatures with little or no rainfall which make brush, grass, and trees burn more easily. Severe drought has led to a significant increase in wildfires in the U.S.

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.

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