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Jaw-dropping images of the world's most destructive forest fires

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 50: Forest fires can start in any number of ways and this cause could be natural or human, or a little of both – in fact, controlled burns are actually sometimes used as a tool for forest management. In short, the fires currently in the media have a range of different root causes. In warmer parts of the world – think Australia or California (pictured) – drought and hot weather means vegetation dries out and essentially becomes the perfect fuel for fire.

What causes forest fires?

Forest fires can start in any number of ways and this cause could be natural or human, or a little of both – in fact, controlled burns are actually sometimes used as a tool for forest management. In short, the fires currently in the media have a range of different root causes. In warmer parts of the world – think Australia or California (pictured) – drought and hot weather means vegetation dries out and essentially becomes the perfect fuel for fire.
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