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  • Writer's pictureJosue Flores

Springtime Wildfire Risk

Warmth, dryness, and wind all contribute to the increased risk of wildfires during the springtime. Dried leaves and grass could serve as fuel for forest fires which is seen throughout spring. Places like Wisconsin and Maryland are most at risk because of the fallen branches due to snow. Maryland has put regulations for burning fires, and taking precautions to prevent wildfires. State fire supervisor, Chris Robertson stated that,“It has been abnormally dry,” showing the risk that Maryland is at compared to other states. Robertson also said that, “We’re usually pretty moist,” referring to Maryland’s climate. In Wisconsin, a permit is needed for burning because preventing a wildfire is better than having to put it out. It’s preferred that things are burnt when there is snow out to decrease the risk. The Maryland department of Natural resources calls for people to be responsible to help prevent these fires. They encourage mulching and composting the yard waste instead of burning it to decrease the number of fires going on. Majority of these fires are caused by people burning debris so people have to be responsible when they start them.

Natural caused fires are rare as only 3% of fires are started by natural causes in Maryland. 34% of these fires are caused by burning debris and outdoor burning, showing that the majority of these fires are caused by humans. Keeping any fire monitored is important to prevent wildfires. In Wisconsin, there’s potential for oak wilt to form which could be a flammable hazard as well. It’s advised that people cut it off instead as a precaution. Some areas in Maryland are almost 3 inches of rainfall below where they usually should be according to Robertson. This and many other factors contribute to increased risk of these brush fires and wildfires.

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