The effects of one can result in death or serious injury and homes, buildings, or even whole communities. These often affect large areas which allow them to spread so far and be so powerful. Not only just the fire affects people, but the smoke created by it can also give people health problems. Wildfires are most powerful with little to no rain and high wind speeds. Wildfires can kill insects that can spread disease and clean areas with bacteria and scattered pieces of waste. While wildfires do have some positive effects, you can not look towards them when lives are lost. You can not control where a wildfire will lead to and it takes a long time to put one out. In a discussion, someone brought up how your insurance does not cover property that is burned down. I believe this is very absurd considering the fact that you were not responsible for it. Even some planned fire can go out of hand leading to major destruction and injuries. According to npr.org, 60 percent of wildfires in national parks are caused by humans and in all forests human cause 84! Because of this stat, it makes it very hard to debate about this, although I believe instead of debating on the topic, people should try to raise awareness to cause less
The forests always had occasional fires for as long as there had been a forest, but the frequency and the severity of man-made fires resulted in a negative environmental impact as well as social discontent over forest depletion. Large scale fires result in a loss of topsoil. The hot temperatures reached in large fires burns away the topsoil and organic material in the soil that is vital to the health of the forest. Less vegetation as a result of forest fires doubles the amount of runoff flowing into mountain streams, and increases the speed at which snow melts and fills streams. Effects such as these can have unpredictable effects on the environment. The effect of reduced forest size has already had a measurable impact on the composition of our atmosphere in the relatively short amount of time we have been cutting them down(6). Ironically however it is the conversion of forest land to urban and agriculture use that has a more permanent and detrimental impact. Logging and urbanization lead to forest succession. Forest succession happens when there are changes to an environment that causes the composition of plant and animal species to change. New species succeed the existing ones as a result of things like changes in amount of shade, temperature, or the introduction of foreign species. Unintended species brought over by loggers and settlers include fungi and weeds that are detrimental to the existing ecosystem. In 1910 a fungal disease known as “white pine blister rust” was introduced and resulted in a substantial reduction of the existing Western white pine (1). The forest succession, as it is happening in the Pacific Northwest, is making the forest more “homogeneous in their composition and structure” especially since the only trees replanted after logging where Douglas-fir (1)(4) . This makes the ecosystem more vulnerable and weaker to invasive
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
Wildland firefighting is hard work, which hard work is not measured equally and has changed drastically over the generations. Work ethic is an essential component of the fireline due to the extreme hazards that are encountered. In order to go home at the end of the day it is crucial for wildland firefighters to have a strong character, a clear sense of teamwork/team cohesion, and dedication. These qualities help to comprise a well rounded and sought after wildland firefighter.
In conclusion, prescribed fires help out a lot. they can make our everyday life better if we use them more for the good of all living things. If we didn't use them, we might not be able to enjoy such a future. We might have many more wildfires than we ever expected in the future if we don't use prescribed fires. They help out everything that is living on this planet, and they are the key for a nice, healthy
Firefighting is a professionalism that requires courage, dedication and commitment from those who are involved with it. Firefighting began in ancient Egypt and spread to the West into Europe and America. The history looks at the pioneers, its evolution and the improvements innovation has brought in.
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.
Through out the history of the United States, a number of incidents and disasters have occurred to influence safety and protection. In the aftermath of these events, valuable lessons are learned and steps are taken to ensure nothing like that happens again. One such incident is the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the most influential and horrifying incidents in United States history. The fact that both the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and National Safety Council (NSC) trace their history back to this incident speaks to that.
Over the past few weeks, many wildfires have been ravaging Northern California, ranging from the city of Santa Rosa to Sonoma. These fires have led to more than 5,700 structures and 213,000 acres being burned, resulting in detrimental effects to the environment. Author Kirk Johnson spreads awareness about the issue of detrimental effects caused by the recently burned homes through his use of logic and reasoning, while also comparing past catastrophic events to the recent California fires.
Sherpa fire in Santa Barbara grows to 4,000 acres overnight, putting about 140 homes at risk and closing down major freeways according to federal officials.
Throughout the course of humanity, fire has always been an essential source of survival. Due to its impact on human history, over the years, it has been interpreted by a variety of cultures in many different ways. In literature, since fire is considered a tangible object, it is often used to embody an intricate concept or idea. Ray Bradbury incorporates the literary technique of symbolism in the novel, Fahrenheit 451, in order to illustrate the significance of fire in a dark and empty dystopia where ignorance is a societal norm. In this corrupt society, the presence of fire is crucial because it represents the concepts of destruction and authority, enlightenment and reformation, and warmth and relief.
The Chicago Fire was a very destructive and devastating fire. This fire killed more than 300 people. It left more than 100000 people homeless. The fire burned for two days before it was able to be put out by rain. On the 18 of October in 1871 a fire started in a backyard barn. The reason it took so long to get the fire out was because of the wind, and when it was called in it was called to the wrong address. This fire leveled Chicago. Most of the buildings and houses were made mostly of wood and other highly flammable materials, so when the fire hit it caught everything on fire immediately. This fire would be remembered throughout history. Even though people became discouraged very quickly every one worked together and helped each other keep
Sprinklers are "the most effective way to protect property, not only (the property) that's burning, but also the property next door," he says. "Does it increase the cost of a house? Sure. But it will increase the cost of all houses," though hardly enough to start a flight to suburbs.
Hot and dry conditions cause earth surface to be drier and this lead to massive wildfires which destroy wildlife habitat and inject huge amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There are some positive impacts of wildfires on the environment, wildfires clean up a forest of dead and decaying matter. They maintain ecosystem balance by removing diseased plants and harmful insects and regeneration of seeds through sunlight. They kill invasive species, allowing for indigenous species to continue thriving. Wildfires can engender flash flood conditions and enable soil erosion, with an increase in water runoff. Aside from deforestation, wildfires affect habitat of the environment population and distribution of species after incident is not the same. It poses risks to human life and health due to heavy smog released in the atmosphere that can cause respiratory diseases. Damages the
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). In terrestrial ecosystems, Landuse change and fires are considered as the drivers of global change(Rudel et al. 2005;Fraterrigo et al.