The natives are claiming the fires were set intentionally.
Fires in CA are naturally occurring things right? Dry climate sets underbrush on fire with a lightning strike.
This is a rainforest, it rains every day and is always wet, I don't think there are natural fires there often....am I wrong here? I'm sure it was intentional
I wouldn't say they California wildfires are naturally occurring. First, decade of fire suppression policies led to massive amounts of underbrush and dead rotting trees that normally would have been burned off in smaller, naturally occurring fires. Second, many of them were started by poorly maintained PG&E electrical equipment creating sparks that got into said overgrown underbrush and kicked everything off. Third, over-building in forested areas is part of the reason why there is so much electrical equipment around flammable underbrush.
Regarding the Amazon fires, no, rain forest fires are not as common as regular forest fires, but I imagine they do happen. However, I suspect that as long as the land isn't plowed under and paved by some developer, or appropriated by some cattle rancher for grazing territory, then the rainforest will reclaim everything with a decade or two with no long-term damage done.
They may not be naturally occurring now...but they should be, and always were prior to us.
Fire is an indispensable part of our eco-systems. Fire is natural, required, and necessary for the health of the land.
Decades of fire suppression is the exact reason they get so much worse now. Also a big reason the Forrest Service has adopted a "let it burn" policy now, as long as homes and structures are not affected.
A natural eco-system here will have occasional fires. This clears the under-story to make room for new more nutritious foods for animals. As well as creates a healthier soil composition. They generate new growth.
A natural fire in an unaltered environment will burn fast, but by doing so it will not get as hot and cause long term damage.
Suppressing fires for decades leads to too much build up of the under-story, and dead-fall. This leads to much slower, and far hotter fires that burn too deep and prevent new growth, as opposed to helping it.
California is another situation entirely. It is simply not very bright to have your home surrounded with a very fast burning flammable landscape. There needs to be a buffer zone.
All homes, or at least most, in the mountains here have a buffer zone. My home is surrounded on 3 sides by National Forrest Service land. I have an approx. 30 yard wide zone cleared around the perimeter of my land.
The whole damn mountain range could burn and I believe my home would still be there. It requires a fair bit of maintenance to keep it that way, but no how would I live here without it.