The problem of fires is much more subtle than anyone would think. Forest fires have always existed in the history of the Earth. Very little is known about the place and role of fires in ecology, climatology, paleoecology and other fields. Experts say that there is an increased risk of wildfires due to climate changes. The fossil coal discoveries indicate that forest fires are not specific to modern history, but date back more than a hundred million years. It seems that the Earth is a naturally flammable planet because of the oxygen in the atmosphere, the vegetation rich in carbon, dry climates, and volcanic activities - among others.
Today, however, over 90% of forest fires are caused by people, either from accidents, negligence or intentionally caused. When you own property that is in heavily forested areas it's best to have a tree service company out to do fire mitigation to help prevent fires near your home.
Top 5 causes of forest fires in Colorado are:
1. burning of vegetal residues
2. randomly discarded cigarette butts
3. children's play with fire
4. irresponsible use of open fire
5. premeditated arson
To all these causes, the unfavorable weather conditions contribute decisively (wind direction and speed, drought, high temperature and low air humidity), as well as the characteristics of the vegetation, which will may allow fires to spread more or less quickly.
Authorities in Colorado launch periodic fire awareness campaigns, in their attempt to reduce human incidents that cause them.