Asked in Earth SciencesWildfires
How do bushfires start?
December 19, 2013 6:08PM
Bushfires are often started by any of the following:
- lightning strikes
- campfires not being put out properly
- sparks from a car's exhaust if surrounding vegetation is extremely dry
- damaged power lines
Conditions that cause the bushfire to increase in intensity are excessive heat and prolonged heatwave or drought, which has caused the vegetation to become tinder-dry, as well as strong, hot winds.
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How are bush fires started?
There are numerous factors that cause bushfires to start. Statistics indicate that most bushfires are caused by lightning strikes. Bushfires are, unfortunately, also commonly caused by man's activities, whether arson or unintentionally lighting the fires such as by tossing cigarettes out of car windows, or not extinguishing campfires properly. The intensity of bushfires is increased by dry vegetation, often after a period of heatwave, together with strong, gusting winds, and absence of precipitation Faulty power lines are also often a cause. Sparking and arcing from these powerlines easily ignites into bushfires.