Wildfires are unwanted and are caused by lightning or humans. They are put out because they threaten lives, land property, survival of the forest, and because they
are difficult to control when they start. Wildfires are a risk to firefighters and cost millions of tax dollars.
Because wildfires have been controlled over the years, when they do happen they are larger and more intense. For example in 1994, it cost over $1 billion to
fight wild fires across the country. Wildfires also killed 34 firefighters in that year.