If you don’t know the proper way to start a wildfire, it’s about time you learned. After all, statistics show that humans are pretty good at burning down forests. Lightening causes less than ten percent of North American wildfires. The rest usually happen because of careless human behavior that looks like this:
Climate Conditions Make It Easy to Start a Wildfire
Most wildfires are caused by careless human behavior. Image: CALFIRE.gov
“Climate change has been a key factor in increasing the risk and extent of wildfires in the Western United States,” according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Changes in the Earth’s weather patterns create warmer, drier conditions. Today, snow melts faster, vegetation dries into tinder earlier and insects turn trees into matchsticks. It all adds up to dangerous forest fire conditions, especially in beautiful, wild places.
Although 2019 wildfires weren’t nearly as bad as those in 2018 and 2017, this year scientists predict particularly worrisome forest fire conditions. In 2020, above normal wildfire risk is expected in most of Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Northern California. “Already in 2020, Nevada has experienced 98 wildfires; 96 of which were caused by human activities that could have been prevented,” says the Bureau of Land Management.
If you’re camping in any of the at-risk states this season, it’s easy to boost the wildfire risk by doing the following:
Step 1: Go RVing without a Tire Pressure Monitoring System
TireMinder TPMS prevents RV blowouts
On a windy afternoon in July 2018, an unsuspecting RVer drove down Highway 299 in Redding, California with a blown-out trailer tire. The wheel rim scraped along the asphalt, throwing sparks that ignited the bone dry roadside vegetation. Had the poor soul owned a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), he would have been alerted to the sudden loss of tire pressure. A TPMS might have saved
René M. Agredano