A wildfire is a difficult to contain and especially devastating kind of fire which occurs in the countryside, or in a forest area. Without the proper containment, they can destroy miles of forestland, scorch hundreds of trees, and drive wild animals from their homes.
As you might expect, heavily wooded areas are susceptible to burning when exposed to open flames – especially in the hotter, dryer climates of the world.
Wildfires can occur for a number of reasons, but they tend to occur alongside natural events such as lightning strikes and volcanic eruptions. Wildfires have also been known to start from the sparks which may appear when rocks fall in landslides or from cliff faces.
That said, in areas frequented by humans, wildfires can also be started by discarded cigarettes, sparks from work equipment, or simply arsonists.
This day of observance seeks to educate us on how to prevent these devasting fires from lighting up in the first place, and how to act if on does appear to be starting up.
History of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Wildfires have been around since before our recorded history, but with the growth of human presence in some areas, it is becoming more and more of an issue.
Careless campers throwing away lit cigarettes may be the tiny spark needed to set off a roaring blaze, or simply the sparks from woodworking machinery or fuel spillages in the undergrowth could set things alight.
Because the effects of wildfires can be devastating, the National Fire Protection Association put this day in the calendar to get the community together and make all the right moves to prevent them.
How to observe Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
If you live near a wood or forest, today would be a great day to go for a walk and enjoy the tranquil delights that the countryside has to offer.
Getting involved with volunteer efforts to keep these areas safe is also a great way of observing Wildfire Community Preparedness Day – get on some gardening gloves and help to clear up any things left by careless people which might spark a fire.
It’s also a great day to teach your children about the dangers of fire and the effects of carelessness on the wildlife and ecosystems of the forest.
You could also donate to your local forest service, or start up a charity fundraising picnic or event to show your support.