A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire. Wildfires can burn through millions of acres of land at a rapid pace, consuming everything in their paths. These overpowering flames can travel up to 14 miles an hour, which is approximately a four-minute-mile pace meaning they can overtake the average human in just minutes.
Wildfires often start via natural occurrences like lightning, but they are sometimes started by human activity, intentionally and unintentionally. The growth of wildfire is normally determined by conditions and these can include droughts, high winds, and hot temperatures.
While it’s long been known that smoke can be dangerous when immediately inhaled, triggering asthma attacks, cardiac arrests, and hospitalizations, lingering wildfire haze can have devastatingly harmful consequences for a long period of time even once the flames have stopped burning.