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June 24th, 2024
National Interagency Fire Center News

As dry conditions persist and summer temps increase, so does the chance of wildfires across much of the United States. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) there have been 19,834 wildfires that have burned across 2,213,017 acres as of June 24, 2024. Several states currently have uncontained wildfires including the southeastern states of Florida and North Carolina. While there are many benefits to controlled, prescribed fires, wildfires burning in the wrong conditions can be very dangerous. Wildfires can have a range of impacts on the health of a forest including the loss of valuable native trees, increasing the risk of tree mortality from secondary invaders and diseases, soil erosion from runoff, and decreased water quality. Changes to the composition of plant communities can also occur as native plant species are frequently outcompeted by invasive species after a disturbance. 

 

Learn more about the wildfires happening across the country by checking out the NIFC website below!

 

National Interagency Fire Center

 

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