How does a wildfire start?

Fire hazards at a camp
Fire hazards at a camp

Below are the most common ways in which wildfires get started. Take a look at the composition below. Can you identify some fire hazards?


In many places, camping is a big thing. People, both young and old, spend time in the woods to enjoy the great outdoors. Sometimes fires are needed for various things during camping, and they can start wildfires if not put out properly.


Some people smoke whiles driving, biking, or walking. Sometimes the buds are not properly extinguished and thrown away. You never know where that bud will end up and start a fire.


A good number of wildfires get started by lightning. It is a bit hard to imagine, but investigators confirm this as very common. When lightning strikes, it can produce a spark. It can strike trees, power cables, rocks, and many other things and just set them off.

Burning debris:

Refuse, junk, and yard waste are common items that are permitted to burn in many places. People are quick to set anything ablaze as a way of disposing of them. But that can get out of hand and start a fire.

Accidents or equipment failure:

Car crashes, gas balloons, lawnmowers, and other equipment can start fires when they go wrong. These are accidental, but if they are not detected quickly, they can cause massive problems. It is why firefighters always move to an accident scene in anticipation of a fire break.


Fireworks are banned in many places because of their explosive nature and high potential to start a fire. If fireworks are not blasted at the right places, they can end up as fires elsewhere.


It is the act of setting fire to a property, piece of land, or anything to cause damage. A person who does this is called an arsonist. Arson specialists believe that many fires are started by arsonists, and may account for about 30% of all wildfire cases.