Fire in California
University of California
Fire in California

How Wildfires Burn

What is fire? Fire is a chemical reaction that occurs when fuel, oxygen, and heat interact. 

What alters fire behavior? Fire behavior is guided by the topography, fuel, and weather. 

What is a fire regime? Fire regimes described the characters of wildfire, including how frequently is burns, the fire size, the energy release of the fire, how it alters vegetation, and how wildfires interact with other factors like weather, insects, and disease. 


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