Destructive fires

Along with deforestation for the use of wood by man, fires are one of the biggest causes of the disappearance of the forestry. Every year, 10 million hectares of boreal forests, 2 of temperate forests, 0.6 of Mediterranean forests, 40 of Tropical forests and 10 billion hectares of savannah are affected by fires. The reasons of these fires are mainly arson (wilful fires), negligence (wilful fires) and natural factors (lightning and others). The rate at which a wood burns depends on many factors: the type of undergrowth, the flammability and combustion speed of the wooden biomass of the wood, the climatic conditions (for instance, in our country, as well as in all the Mediterranean countries, the summer season is the one most at risk), and others.

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