There is a debate about using prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are fires that help reduce the catastrophic damage that wildfire creates. prescribed fires work most of the time, but they can be faulty at some points. That's why some people don't agree with using prescribed fires. Even though they sometimes don't work, they can be really helpful when they do work.
We recently did a debate on a major problem in the world today, environmental issues. Two students were given a topic, like landfills, deforestation, wildfires, etc., and had to debate on pros and cons on whether or not it is good for the environment. I did not like the setup of the debate because I could not hear some people and I did not feel fully engaged in the conversation. Overall, I liked how we were free to talk at times and the connections to real life scenarios. This was the first time I heard about Live Google which I thought was a really cool part of the presentation as I was able to expand on an idea more. Here are summaries of some of the topics the students were given.
It is important to the environment that there be controlled fires for any number of reasons such as, putting the nutrients back into the soil, and clearing out debris that could be hazardous if a wildfire were to occur. This does not come with out it 's faults, sometimes the fire becomes to big to handle and they become near misses or wildfires. Prescribed fires are great for the ecosystem and the overall well being of forests. They make ecosystems more diverse and replenish the soil for new plant growth.
Bushfires account for approximately 15% of major disasters in Australia, making them the third most common of Australia’s disasters, following severe storms and transport disasters (1). The Black Saturday bushfires are still, to date, Australia’s worst bushfire disaster and are ranked second among Australia’s natural disasters, causing the highest recorded number of lives lost to Australian bushfires (1, 2). Furthermore, it is one of the world’s worst wildfire disasters in history, costing more than AUD 4 billion (3). With over 400 recorded bushfires occurring on this day, the area damaged was vast and included a combination of areas (1). It involved the collaboration and commitment of a range and high volume of emergency service personnel
Putnam’s and Sanchez’s movie Burn expresses their views that the Detroit fire department simply doesn’t have enough manpower, funds, and also too many acts of arson throughout the city. The Detroit Fire Department is facing a seemingly unwinnable battle throughout the barren landscape of abandoned buildings throughout Detroit. This documentary uses explicit details on how the many fires happening per year are a risk, especially without proper numbers and proper equipment. The directors of this documentary use a technique to make it appear apocalyptic, and that the city has no hope and will eventually meet its demise by flames unless further action is taken. This film can persuade viewers to feel sorrow for the firefighters and the future
IMPACTS OF GLOBAL WARMING ON THE ENVIRONMENT SLINDILE.C MAZIBUKO 215011983 UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU NATAL WESTVILLE CAMPUS DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA ABSTRACT One of the biggest problems facing the world today is global warming. It is evident that there is climate change around the world. In recent years, we have so many unusual hurricanes, typhoons, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Plants and animals that lived in the cold climates are now disappearing.
The California Wildfires have stretched over 229 square miles and destroyed 1,750 homes and other structures firefighters are going what they can to save every home that has a chance. The drought is what these fires because of everything being so dry and CAlifornia already being temperature hot the fires just start popping up
Without regular burning, the landscapes that had been shaped by Aboriginal people over thousands of years, began to change. Denser forest and bush as well as build up of undergrowth majorly impacted on Aboriginal peoples lives and ways of living, across Australia. With the introduction of matches and flints, the use of fire sticks in burning practices today is rare with the exception of some Aboriginal people maintaining the practice to uphold traditions that may otherwise be lost. Burning practices are now widely used around Australia to reduce fuel build up and prevent large uncontrollable bushfires, however, acknowledgement of the influence that Aboriginal people had on this technique has largely been ignored.
This was not the first time that damaging bushfire had burnt across Victoria. In sixteenth February, 1983, a massive bushfire which we now know as Ash Wednesday had started. It didn’t kill as many people as the Black Saturday Bushfire did, but it did destroy 3000 houses. History repeated itself and the government was not prepared for it. The government knew that, bushfires
In conclusion, firefighting started from a humble background in ancient Egypt with the simple gesture of building of a pump. From there, ideas grew, and more innovations discovered that has made it an outstanding professionalism it is today. The important role that firefighting plays in the society has seen it transform over the centuries since the third century. Cities have in the past been devastated by fire outbreaks with examples being London and major cities in America. It is safe to say, if those cities had not reconsidered the importance of firefighters, then they would have seized to exist.
In 2015 in the middle of summer there was a conflagration. The conflagration was in a small town of M.T Vernon,Oregon and it burned for days and days. Firefighters tell me that it started because of the conflagration in California it started from the small embers that traveled and landed in a pile of hay,and spread to the dry grass. Sources tell me that it was the biggest conflagration yet. Many homes and crops destroyed.
Earth, the home to humans, animals, and all of biological diversity, experiences changes every second of every day, and these changes are referred to as biological altercations. Biological altercations, like the Santa Ana winds, are commonly disputed among society due to both the positive and negative outcomes of the altercations. The Santa Ana winds are extremely dry winds that affect Southern California and are known to cause wildfires. Individuals like Joan Didion argue that a Santa Ana brings darkness and danger, whereas other individuals like Linda Thomas argue that it brings beauty and value. Each side of this dispute is discussed in Linda Thomas’ essay “Brush Fire”, and
Smokey The Bear In rural forested areas of North America, forest fires are a big problem. From Alberta to California forest fires wreak havoc, creating a path of destruction that could easily be prevented if people took the proper precautions. The United States government saw the issue at hand and took action, creating the character of Smokey the Bear. Smokey the Bear, as his name suggests, is a human-like bear and his purpose was simple, teach the American people the dangers of fire and how to prevent such destruction.
Although this fire has had a huge influence on progression, by this time it was too late. The horrors from the event have since been a piece of American history. Preparing for the worst is the only way to ensure safety. If you do what needs to be done to prevent catastrophes from occurring there will be no need for reform. Constantly upgrading current protocols and enhancing current technology helps keep the public safe.
Bojocco et al(2010) Reported that fire has a major role in the determination of diversity and vegetation dynamics. It has influence on landscape structural diversity (Weatherspoon and Skinner 1995). The frequent occurrence of forest fires has been one of the vital reasons for the exhaustion and extinction of most of the biodiversity. This results in partial or complete degradation of vegetation cover or fragmentation of the forest thus modifying the radiation balance by growing the surface albedo, water runoff and raising the soil erosion (Darmawan and Mulyanto, 2001). Historical study of forest fire is significant for ecological and forest management applications(Iniguez et al. 2008).