Two-minute explanation of how wildfires burn

how wildfires burn
Image from the NYT video.

The New York Times produced this quick explanation of how wildfires ignite, spread, and are suppressed.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

6 thoughts on “Two-minute explanation of how wildfires burn”

  1. I have been reading these posts for a year or two, and so appreciate what you do to help people stay informed. I live in the Central Sierra where fire is a constant threat. The more people know the better, particularly in how to protect their land and homes to the extent possible. Again, thanks so much for contributing to this knowledge base.

  2. Good ,informative video clip .
    Added to that, should be the fact that 84 % of Wildfires are human caused! [ not natural ]
    Over 20 % are arson which is an alarming statistic. [Source[s] Smithsonian , U . of Colorado ] Maybe more of the human caused fires should be attacked more aggressively .

  3. Chuck, all wildfires are attached aggressively, unless they’re in Wildeness areas, far from human habitation.

  4. Dave;
    I woulds like to know the specifics of what you call” aggressively” . Manpower ,aircraft ,ground crew numbers?
    The USFS , cut the number of available aircraft ,and is underfunded .Therefore quite a few wildfires have inadequate resources available, at the most effective time to control the fires.I guess I understand the thrust of your comments ,reading over the mis-spelling.

Comments are closed.