Virtual Tour of the Forest: Bad Fire

Wildfires or forest fires, which occur during hot, dry, windy periods, can be very destructive of forests, wildlife habitats, and houses. The term "wildfire" usually brings to mind television pictures of homes being threatened by a raging fire out of control.

In Virginia, 99 percent of wildfires are caused by people. Each year wildfires cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to control and to protect homes. Annually, about 1000 fires burn 4,000 acres of forest land. In addition to destroying timber, wildlife habitat, and occasionally houses, hot fires destroy the covering on the forest floor and erosion can occur when rains come.

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