Forest fires can often start in the most innocuous of circumstances, sometimes from a casually discarded item which sets one tree alight and subsequently spreads to cover an enormous area. They are also triggered by weather conditions such as unseasonable heat and high winds, a combination of which can lead to entire forests being engulfed within hours. Not only do these disasters cause devastation to land and forestry; they can also claim hundreds of innocent lives, not least those of courageous firefighters who give their lives trying to save others.
As such, Alan Crowe of Crowe Sawmills,a timber merchant and fencing specialist based in Ireland, have produced this timely infographic on The Deadliest Forest Fires of All Time:
Source: Crowes Sawmills Ltd