Featured Image by: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue/ Twitter A wildfire broke out Friday night in the Peavine hills north of Reno found to be caused by a vehicle fire after investigation. Saturday saw very windy conditions which made the fire spread rapidly and to become large enough and dangerous … Read more
Are Wildfires Good for the Environment?
Wildfires are scary. To see the raw power of flames ripping through trees engulfing everything in their path is impressive. To see how fast forest fires move from home to home in a neighborhood with the help of embers flying in the wind is terrifying. But that’s typically the difference … Read more
What a Megadrought Means for Wildfires
Fire season is already getting longer every year on the West coast due to warmer spring and summer temperatures and reduced snowpack leading to dry conditions susceptible to severe fires. According to Cal Fire, there are already eleven uncontained fires across California and it’s only June. Add in the fact … Read more
What Causes a Wildfire?
The most direct answer to that is an unfortunate one. Humans are usually the cause for most wildfires, 84% according to a 2017 PNAS study with the rest, 16%, caused by lightning strikes. Here are the most common causes of human-caused wildfires: Sparks from power lines/electrical equipment Arsonists Sparks from … Read more