Wild Fires and Causes UPSC CSE Notes

Wild fires and causes- role of humans - role of climate change (Prelims, Mains GS1, GS3)

Wild Fires and Causes

Forest Fires

  • Also called bush or vegetation fire or wildfire 
  • It can be defined as any uncontrolled and unprescribed combustion or burning of plants in a natural setting such as a forest, grassland or brush land, which consumes natural fuels and spreads based on environmental conditions such as wind, and topography.
  • Human-caused forest fires can be sparked by land clearing, extreme drought, or, in rare cases like lightning.
  • A wildfire must have three conditions in order to burn: fuel, oxygen, and a heat source.
  • Forest fires are highly risky in the northeast and central India regions.
  • Forest fires have been identified as being 'extremely prone' in Assam, Mizoram, and Tripura.
  • Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh are among the states with large forest areas classified as "very highly prone."
  • Forest fires can be caused by a variety of natural factors, but human activities are the primary cause of many major fires in India.
  • New research links climate change to an increase in fires around the world, particularly the massive fires in the Amazon forests of Brazil and Australia in the last two years.
  • Longer-lasting fires, fires of greater intensity, fires that occur more frequently, and fires that are highly flammable are all linked to climate change.
Wild Fire Causes



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Wild Fires and Causes UPSC CSE Notes
Wild fires and causes- role of humans - role of climate change (Prelims, Mains GS1, GS3)
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