Forest fires are a natural part of our eco system, they help to remove plant debris and encourage wild flowers and other plants germination…but how many forest fires are too many?

70k forest fires a year are the new “norm” in America. This number has dramatically increased since 1980’s.

  • The extent of area burned by wildfires each year appears to have increased since the 1980s. According to National Interagency Fire Center data, of the 10 years with the largest acreage burned, all have occurred since 2004, including the peak year in 2015 (see Figure 2). This period coincides with many of the warmest years on record nationwide (see the U.S. and Global Temperature indicator). The largest increases have occurred during the spring and summer months (see Figure 6).

 

forest fire causes

forest fire causes

More and more studies are being conducted on wild forests, bringing in direct synthetic fertilizer use to a healthy ecosystem is disastrous.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/news/highlights/fertilized-pines-use-water-more-efficiently-may-suffer-worse-droughts

The use of synthetic fertilizers is the root cause of detrimental fire seasons around the world.

93% of all synthetic fertilizers used on lawns, gardens, house plants, farms, and permaculture systems are contributing to the ever-toxic load on our water systems, oceans, forests, meadows, and prairies.

Synthetic fertilizers dry out plant life, and kill microorganisms in the water and soil, leaving a whole forest open to catastrophic fire season.

A quick Google search for “Fertilizers Causing Fires” will bring up thousands of Fertilizer Plant Explosions and fires…but hardly anyone is talking about the larger problem, Synthetic Fertilizers KILLING OFF the soil bacteria that feed plants and helps them take up moisture, and water and vital nutrients.

 Example News Headlines from Fertilizer Explosions and Fires

  • Thousands evacuated as officials fear chemical explosion at North Carolina fertilizer plant
  • There was an estimated 500 tons of ammonium nitrate at the site, the Winston-Salem fire chief said, as well as 100 tons in a rail car next to the facility.
  • North Carolina fertilizer plant fire forces thousands from their homes; Wake Forest cancels classes
  • The evacuation area included about 6,500 people in 2,500 homes, the Winston-Salem Fire Department said. The explosion risk remains through Wednesday.
  • Wake Forest University students recount fertilizer plant fire, evacuations
  • A chaotic week of displacement and canceled classes due to a fertilizer plant fire has left many wondering how safe they are near the plant.
  • Fire-derived phosphorus fertilization of African tropical forests | Nature Communications
  • Central African tropical forests face increasing anthropogenic pressures, particularly in the form of deforestation and land-use conversion to agriculture. The long-term effects of this transformation of pristine forests to fallow-based agroecosystem
  • NC fertilizer plant fire caused air pollution five times higher than EPA limits
  • The North Carolina Winston Weaver fire caused worries about the ammonium nitrate explosion. The February blaze caused high levels of particulate matter in the city’s air.
  • Synthetic Fertilizers DO NOT WORK to increase the health of lawns, gardens, and plants.
  • They kill off the health of the soil, forcing the gardener to use more and more of this toxic synthetic fertilizer each year to keep the plant “alive”.

All fertilizer plants have a high possibility of explosion or use that is very dangerous. Those who live within a one-mile radius of a fertilizer plant are exposed to toxic chemicals from these plants. The workers wore protective clothing at least.

The risk of explosion is very high. The evacuation radius of a 1-mile radius is not a sufficient area for protection, as these synthetic fertilizers travel far and wide. Traveling through local, national, and international waterways within a few months’ time.

National and international news conference journalists are starting to report on the hidden dangers of synthetic fertilizer use. Local volunteers need to speak with their city officials as often as they can.

Fertilizer consumption must end to protect all life on earth.

The Forest survey on the US Forest Service website is starting to show some signs of hope. Showing that they are looking into the connection between the use of these synthetic fertilizers and the rising fires of our US Forests, prairies, and grasslands.

The ever-growing toxic loads from these chemical-based fertilizers must be reduced to restore a natural ecosystem.

  • nitrous oxide emissions
  • sector emissions
  • ammonia emissions
  • agricultural soils