A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires

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09.07.2019
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Droughts can create ideal conditions for wildfires. Dry trees and vegetation provide fuel. Low soil and air moisture make it easier for fires to spread quickly. In these conditions, a spark from lightning, electrical failures, human error or planned fires can quickly get out of control. As Earth’s climate warms and precipitation patterns change, increasingly severe droughts will leave some areas of the world vulnerable to increasingly severe fires. Understanding how fires behave in dry conditions can help firefighters, first responders and others prepare for a hotter, drier future.

Read more: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/a-drier-future-sets-the-stage-for-more-wildfires

Music: "Motion Blur" by Sam Dodson, "Spring Into Life" by Oliver Worth, "Critical Pathway" by Rik Carter

Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
LK Ward (USRA): Lead Producer
Jessica Merzdorf (Telophase): Lead Writer
Ben Cook (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Kate Marvel (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
Kel Elkins (USRA): Visualizer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support

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