Forests provide wood, food, oxygen, habitats for animals and livelihood for humans. They also fight erosion!
Forest fires can start by one of two ways: naturally or human caused. Natural fires are usually caused by lightning while human fires can be caused by numerous reasons such as not properly extinguishing a campfire.
Global climate change is increasing the frequency of forest fires in North America.
A study published in Proceedings of the Nation Academy of Science suggests that climate change has played a significant role in making forests in the western U.S. drier and more likely to burn.
"...increases in temperature and vapor pressure deficit significantly enhanced fuel aridity across western U.S. forests over the past several decades and, during 2000-2015, contributed to 75% more forested area experiencing high fire=season fuel aridity and an average of nine additional days per year of high fire potential."
Forests fires are not only dangerous but, can be very expensive to put out. The following are ways that humans can help prevent wildfires from starting: never leave a fire unintended, shoot off fireworks only in permitted areas and always have water and a shovel nearby when starting fires to put them out quickly if they get out of hand.