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Wildfire approaching houses

A wildfire is a fire that rages out of control in the wilderness, like a forest or countryside. Wildfires often begin unnoticed. These fires are usually triggered by lightning or accidents, such as campers or hikers that did not take care of their campfire properly. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes.


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Am I at Risk?

Wildfires are common in wildland settings where there are many forests and during periods of little rainfall. At Yellowstone National Park, the average time when fires are reported is 3:03 in the afternoon! This is because fires burn more strongly during the middle of the day when the sun is very hot.

Words to Know!

Smoke Alarms

Sensors attached to the ceiling that sound an alarm when they sense smoke

Fire Extinguisher

A fire protection device that sprays foam and is used to help put out small fires


Leaving an area that has been declared unsafe