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Essay on Wildfires

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Wild fire is commonly known as a fire on the sides of the forest, in bushes or in grass-covered areas which in most cases is uncontrollable and burns with extra forces making it difficult to put off. These fires are known to be very destructive and dangerous for wild animals and to humans since smoke emitted from the burning bushes and trees contains particles and gases which are very harmful to animals and human beings too. Most wildfires are caused by the act of human beings such as improper dispose of cigarettes, when one intentionally lights the fire in the forest and when people camping do not put off the fires they had light leaving it to spread to other parts (Pechony, Olga, and Drew T. Shindell, 2010). Apart from human activities forest fires are also caused by natural calamities such as lightning which either be hot or cold lightning and volcanic activities.

On July 23rd wildfire was discovered in the Whitewater where an area of 10,432 acres to the east of Detroit was on fire. Is was believed that the fire was started as a result of the lightening strike. It is, however, difficult to stop the spread of wildfire in this area due to the harsh climatic conditions. This area is mostly windy with hot and dry climatic conditions making it difficult to for firefighters to stop the fire (McLaughlin, Steven P., and Janice E. Bowers, 2017). Another incidence happened occurred in Payette National Forest where 31,036 acres of land caught fire as a result of lighting.

However, the wildfire has various implications for the wildlife and human beings as well. One is that they destroy the habitats of the wild animals as well as their source of meals since most of the animals feed on the native vegetation( D'Ambrosio, Kate, 2013). . It also leads to the destruction of the wild soil making it infertile since most of the components rich in nutrients are burnt down. When it rains heavily, soil erosion takes place as there are no trees or bushes that can prevent the running water from carrying away the soil. Forest are known for reducing global warming which causes adverse weather changes; this is because tree absorbs carbon dioxide which is harmful to the ozone layer when released into the atmosphere thus continuous wildfires increases the risk of global warming around the world. Human beings are also at risk since inhaling the smoke from these fires expose them to health risks such as lungs and throat damages, others people lose their lives as they try to fight to put off the fire.

Moreover, it is essential that people learn how to prevent these fires occurring in future, some of the precautions that can be taken include. Everybody should strictly follow the rules and regulations set concerning the burning of various products in the forest or any other places. Smokers should ensure that they do not carelessly throw away cigarettes left over's without putting them off. When people go for camping and light fires, they should make sure they do so only in the permitted areas where fires can be quickly contained and put off, also in case the weather is windy they should avoid lighting the fire especially if the there area in places where it can easily spread.

Since research has proved that most of the forest fires are as a result of human activities I would advocate human awareness on the impacts of this calamity, make them aware of the regulations/laws set before the light fires while camping thus reducing the chances of it happening.


The type of storm that occurs over tropical/subtropical waters is known as the hurricane. This kind of rain is commonly referred to as Tropical cyclone which is usually a quick circulating system which has with low pressure at the center, accompanied by high intense winds and thunderstorms which are coiled like shaped and produces very heavy rains. They usually have wind with 74mph which moves at 39miles per hour.

In 2017, Caribbean has been hit by these storms which have caused immersed destructions leaving many families homeless and millions of properties destroyed. It all started as Irma but were followed with Hurricanes which have the history in the Atlantic as the most powerful ever recorded with winds of up to 296km/hr and were accompanied by fatal waves (CARICOM Caribbean Islands, 2010). 15 people died in Dominica, and the Island was tore destroying power lines as well as the pipelines thus affecting the country at large (Bender, Morris A.,2010).

There are mostly caused by winds which are of light high intensity water usually warm and humid warm air. It usually starts at the sea levels where cool water steams condenses resulting in clouds and later falling as rain (Jury, Mark R., Rosimar, and Eduardo Garcia,2012) As this happens, heat is released which in turns warms air enabling fresh air to rise thus warm air emerges from the ocean. As this process happens continuously, it results in storms which in turns leads to the hurricane. They, however, have both the positive and the negative aspects of human being and the surrounding. Since they are accompanied by rains, they help in reducing drought and also aids in lowering of heat. However, the implications are more intense since they destroy the human habitats such as buildings causes the death of human beings, destroys agricultural plantations through floods which carries away the estates.

Although it is difficult to stop hurricanes from occurrence, its heat source can be erased if they cross into dry lands as its heat energy will be eliminated by the trees of the forest. Vegetations thus decreasing them also it is advisable for human beings to relocate or move to safer places in case of hurricanes to avoid the loss of human lives.


Work Cited

Bender, Morris A., et al. "Modeled impact of anthropogenic warming on the frequency of intense Atlantic hurricanes." Science 327.5964 (2010): 454-458.

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D'Ambrosio, Kate. "The Case for a Systemic Approach to Forest Health, Wildland Fire Risk, Stewardship Contracting, and Federal Procurement Policy." Public Contract Law Journal43.1 ( D'Ambrosio, Kate, 2013). (2013): 145-164.

Jury, Mark R., Rosimar Rios-Berrios, and Eduardo Garcia. "Caribbean hurricanes: changes of intensity and track prediction." Theoretical and applied climatology 107.1-2 (2012): 297-311.

McLaughlin, Steven P., and Janice E. Bowers. "Effects of wildfire on a Sonoran Desert plant community." Ecology(1982): 246-248.

Pechony, Olga, and Drew T. Shindell. "Driving forces of global wildfires over the past millennium and the forthcoming century." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences107.45 (2010): 19167-19170.


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