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Forest fires explained

A look at how forest fires start and what we do to control them

Last Updated: June 26, 2013

Forest fires ignite when three ingredients oxygen, heat and fuel mix together. The ingredients also make up the fire triangle, a simple model used in our understanding of how fires start. Fires can spread quickly, depending on the weather conditions, type of fuel and topography of the region.

In order to extinguish a fire, one of ingredients must be suppressed. In the case of forest fires, firefighters will try a variety of methods to stop the movement of a blaze and fight the fire from both land and air.

This interactive takes a look at how forest fires begin and the different strategies firefighters use to control them. Click on a button below to learn more.

Producer: Elaine Wong | Designer: Duk Han Lee | Video: Evan Mitsui


 

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