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What does fire need in order to burn? What do we use fire for? How hot is a candle flame? Find out the answers to these questions and much more with our range of fire facts.
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Fire is a chemical reaction that releases light and heat.
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Substances combine with oxygen in the air, combusting with a flame and often smoke.
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Fires require fuel, oxygen and heat to burn.
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Different types of fuel include coal, oil and wood.
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Flames are the part of a fire which we can see, they can be different colors, depending on the substance which is burning.
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A candle flame typically burns at around 1000 degrees Celsius (1800 Fahrenheit).
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Fire is very dangerous to humans as it can easily burn or blister skin. It is important to take safety precautions when using fire.
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Fire is also very useful to humans for lighting, heating, cooking and more.
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Scientists believe that humans began using fire to cook food in a controlled way around 1 million years ago.
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Forest fires can be extremely destructive and are dangerous to both humans and wildlife.
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Fires are also an important ecological process that can stimulate growth.
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Fires can be stopped in 3 different ways:
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Removing the fuel source by exhausting it or taking it away.
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Removing the oxygen by smothering the fire.
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Removing the heat by absorbing it with water.
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Fire extinguishers are often used to control fires by discharging water, foams, carbon dioxide, dry chemicals or other substances.

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