The basic factors which determine whether a bushfire will occur include the presence of fuel, oxygen and an ignition source. More specifically, fire intensity and the speed at which a bushfire spreads will depend on ambient temperature, fuel load, fuel moisture, wind speed and slope angle. Generally speaking, the greater the fuel load, the hotter and more intense the fire. Fuel which is concentrated with adequate spacing will burn faster than heavily compacted or scattered fuel sources.
Climate is probably the biggest factor in determining the severity of a brush fire. Hot and dry weather has the highest probability of a wildfire starting. Wind also has a huge impact in the intensity of the wildfire because it spreads the flames faster to other flammable objects.
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