Forest Fires: Chemistry of Fire 101
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Why do giant Sequoia trees and Fire beetles love fire? They need it to complete their life cycle. They are not exclusive, there are other plants that require fire every few years, while others require fire just a few times a century for the species to continue. While many plants and animals need and benefit from wildfires, climate change has left some ecosystems more susceptible to flames, especially in the southwest United States. Each year, forest fires destroy millions of acres of land, burning down thousands of homes and properties in the Western United States and around the world. Scientists and chemists have been studying wildfires, their causes, and hence their prevention methods to improve the health of humans and forests. From a regular smoke detector to NASA-engineered fire-safe tents, innovators are pushing their innovation paradigms to keep firefighters, police, paramedics, and other first responders safe in the field through increased awareness of their surroundings and communication abilities. Read further to explore the firing ideas behind the wildfires…

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