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What is a Wildfire?

Wildfire is one of the most destructive natural forces on the planet. While sometimes caused by lightning, most wildfires -- nine out of 10 – are caused by people. Dry conditions at various times of the year and in various parts of the world greatly increase the potential for wildfires. Advance planning and knowing how to protect buildings in these areas can lessen the devastation of a wildfire. 

One of our very own GVC participating schools in Israel was recently affected by wildfires. The video on the left tells about the devistation in Isreal. You can also take a look at the link below at globaldreamers.org to see the impact this disaster has had on the community.

Globaldreamers - Israli Wildfires


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How Wildfires Effect Communities...

Wildfires are extremly dangerous and almost always destroy forests, but they can also be very dangerous for people and animals. Forest animals are often killed or loose their homes, and sometimes these fires get out-of-control and burn down people's homes. Sometime people are killed too.

Wildfires often lead to new growth in our forests, and although it takes time animals can return to their habitat and find new sources of food and shelter.



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What Can You Do...

Protect Your Home

    • Remove debris from under sun decks and porches.
    • Enclose eaves like porches, balconies, and overhangs.
    • Cover house vents with wire mesh.
    • Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.
    • Use fire resistant siding.
    • Choose safety glass for windows and sliding glass doors.
    • Prepare for water storage; develop an external water supply such as a small pond, well, or pool.

    Protecting Yourself

    Survival in a Vehicle

    • This is dangerous and should only be done in an emergency, but you can survive the firestorm if you stay in your car. It is much less dangerous than trying to run from a fire on foot.

    • Roll up windows and close air vents. Drive slowly with headlights on. Watch for other vehicles and pedestrians. Do not drive through heavy smoke.

    • If you have to stop, park away from the heaviest trees and brush. Turn headlights on and ignition off. Roll up windows and close air vents.

    • Get on the floor and cover up with a blanket or coat.

    • Stay in the vehicle until the main fire passes.

    • Stay in the car. Do not run! Engine may stall and not restart. Air currents may rock the car. Some smoke and sparks may enter the vehicle. Temperature inside will increase. Metal gas tanks and containers rarely explode.

    If You Are Trapped at Home

    • If you do find yourself trapped by wildfire inside your home, stay inside and away from outside walls. Close doors, but leave them unlocked. Keep your entire family together and remain calm.

    If Caught in the Open

    • The best temporary shelter is in a sparse fuel area. On a steep mountainside, the back side is safer. Avoid canyons, natural "chimneys" and saddles.

    • If a road is nearby, lie face down along the road cut or in the ditch on the uphill side. Cover yourself with anything that will shield you from the fire's heat.

    • If hiking in the back country, seek a depression with sparse fuel. Clear fuel away from the area while the fire is approaching and then lie face down in the depression and cover yourself. Stay down until after the fire passes!



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