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Wildfires are any unplanned or uncontrolled fire affecting natural, cultural, industrial and residential landscapes (adapted from FAO, 2010).

Wildfires are not a major cause of death, but they can be very destructive. Many wildfires are caused by human activities, either accidentally or as a consequence of carelessness, or arson. These fires often get out of control and spread over vast areas extending to tens or hundreds of thousands of hectares.

Source: https://www.preventionweb.net/knowledge-base/hazards/wild-fire