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In the United States, drought can have major impacts on agriculture, recreation and tourism, water supply, forest and wildland fires, energy production, and transportation.
Nationwide losses from the U.S. drought of 1988 exceeded $40 billion, exceeding the losses caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Mississippi River floods of 1993, and the San Francisco earthquake in 1989.
As the climate heats up, droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe in some locations.
Running crown fires are a firefighter’s worst nightmare because they burn extremely hot, travel rapidly and can change direction quickly.
The most dangerous aspect of running crown fires are the convection currents which produce massive firestorms and tornadoes that can send embers well ahead of the main fire front, causing spot fires that in turn can start new fires in another direction.
Weather conditions can directly contribute to the occurrence of wildfires such as through lightning strikes, or indirectly such as by an extended dry spell or drought that contributes to the availability of fuel.
Another cause of wildfires is the buildup of grass, leaves and twigs in a pile. This accumulation of dead matter can create heat, enough in some instances to spontaneously combust and ignite the surrounding area.
More than four out of every five wildfires are caused by people.
An average of 1.2 million acres of U.S. woodland burn every year.
A large wildfire, or conflagration, is often capable of modifying the local weather conditions or producing “its own weather”.