• Smoke from a wildfire nearly obscuring an aerial picture of a forest


Wildfires can occur on every continent except Antarctica.

A wildfire moves at speeds of up to 23 kilometres an hour, burning everything in its path. This includes trees, flowers, bushes, animals, and houses. Some wildfires can destroy an entire town and threaten the residents.

Lightning, burning campfires or cigarettes, hot winds, and even the sun can all provide enough heat to spark a wildfire.

Although four out of every five wildfires are started by people, they are more likely to spread further because of the longer, drier summers some countries are getting as climate change gets worse.

Dry weather and drought convert green vegetation into dry, flammable fuel, so wildfires spread quickly.

This also causes deforestation (the cutting down of forests) and as the forest burns it gives off lots of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, making climate change worse.

Always put fires and barbeques out properly to ensure that you don’t cause a climate change disaster.