06/20/14 - 8:03am
The recent Kenai Peninsula wildfire gave me a better understanding of wind.
I’ve known since my years in Kid World that fires like wind. The first time I got down on hands and knees and blew on glowing tinder to get a fire going, I knew I was onto something.
Fire thrives on oxygen. The more wind, the more oxygen.
Wind dries out fuels such as grass and twigs, making fire spread like ... well ... like wildfire.
When wind blows hard enough, it can throw big chunks of burning material into the air and cause spot fires, or “spotting.”