Wildfires 101: Is it Arson or Nature?

We know that arson happens. We’ve seen serial arsonists arrested for starting forest fires and burning down churches. While some fires are set by people with ill intent, fires also happen due to natural causes.

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With the 2024 wildfire season well under way, pundits and online activists are quick to blame global warming. Others blame government-funded arson.

With so much information circulating the internet, it can be hard to sort out fact from fiction in determining what causes wildfires.

We know that arson happens. We’ve seen serial arsonists arrested for starting forest fires, as well as a shocking number of churches. That was the case of Quebec man Brian Pare, who plead guilty to setting 14 fires after insisting online that the government was responsible.

While some fires are set by people with ill intent, fires also occur due to natural causes. It is incumbent that we do not jump to conclusion owing to our convictions.

Kyle Brittain, a severe weather journalist and former wildland firefighter, is no stranger to exploring what causes wildfires. Rebel News interviewed him to debunk prevailing myths as we enter another wildfire season.

Brittain analyzed the first wave of smoke to hit Calgary last week and laid down some statistics about the causes of fires. A mix of factors contribute to the severity and number of wildfires.

The weather journalist also discussed the shocking scale of wildfires initiated by lightning strikes and other peculiar phenomenon. He attributes some to overwinter fires, which burn underground in roots systems and are reignited when the surface dries out as snow begins to melt.

Though natural causes contribute to most fires, most which impact residential areas are caused by human negligence. Some are the result of arson.

If you see a wildfire, find details on how to report it by clicking here.

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