Sample Environmental Studies Essays on Wildfires


The United States, especially the State of California, has experienced a rise in wildfires, with human contribution accounting for more than 90% of them. Factors aggravating risks include dry weather, winds and topographic features facilitate the quick spread of wildfires. Climate changes resulting in perennial droughts and extreme heat also make fires start easily and become hard to contain. To prevent wildfires, it is important for individuals living in the susceptible areas to comply with local laws on burning, such as weather conditions, time of day and season alongside taking complete caution when handling combustibles and when camping.



The largest wildfire in California based on acreage was caused by a hammer spark, causing massive environmental damage. Over 400,000 acres of vegetation cover was burned, about 280 human structures ravaged and one firefighter died in the process. Over 15 devastating wildfires have been recorded in California since 2000. The rate has significantly increased with six of those happening in 2017 and 2018. Thomas Fire and Camp Fire are significant for their extensive damage with the latter killing more than 85 people. Environmental factors of dry weather and winds have proliferated, alongside human contributions e.g. fireworks and misplaced campfires.