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Are environmentalists largely responsible for Californian forest fires?

Are environmentalists responsible for Californian forest fires? No. It was environmentalists (by which I mean people who professionally study forest ecology or environmental science) who have tried ...
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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

Without acknowledging any of the conditions actually present in the church, wood fires can get much hotter than 600 °C. The maximum temperatures measured within the pile were of the order of ...
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Do 1.5% of lithium-ion batteries overheat, explode, or catch fire each year?

On the face of it, this is worrying ... On the face of it, this statistic is ridiculous, and it does not jibe with other statistics on the same page. The web page also claims In 2020, the US ...
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Does this picture show an Arizona fire department extinguishing a fire in Mexico?

Yes. At Nogales, Arizona, in 2012, according to this story, found using Google Image Search: Nogales, Arizona, firefighters rushed to the international border with Mexico at Morley Avenue after a ...
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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

Probably yes: According to at least one expert, the temperature in the Notre Dame fire must have been extremely high, and probably exceeded 600°C. Yesterday the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's ...
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Are these photos of burned home surrounded by pristine trees in California due to the forest fires real?

The first image is legitimate. It is of a Paradise CA neighborhood after the Camp fire raged through the town (KTVU). The third image definitely is not of Paradise CA. This image was used three months ...
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Are global wildfires decreasing?

Yes, they are decreasing Joe W's answer has misread its source. There has indeed been an increase in tree cover lost to forest fires, but the original claim was about wildfires. Not all wildfires ...
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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

Wood is a perfectly acceptable and common material used in metal forging even more so when it becomes partially combusted (charcoal). What really determines the heat though, is the amount of oxygen ...
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Do wombats share their burrows during fires?

Yes, they do share... but not specifically because of the fires or out of a sense of altruism. According to AFP Fact Check: University of Adelaide ecologist Dr. Michael Swinbourne told AFP via ...
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In 2017, was the Plasco Building destroyed in a controlled demolition?

The "truthers" own report claims that collapse due to fire was "improbable" because according to their estimation it would have required simultaneous heating of all support columns....
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Are global wildfires decreasing?

Global fires are becoming more of a problem over the last 20 years and studies are indicated it is caused by climate change. The Latest Data Confirms: Forest Fires Are Getting Worse The latest data ...
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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

The entire type of assertion "if X is burning, and X is said to burn at Y temperature, then the fire cannot melt Z which melts at Z temperature" is fundamentally flawed at at least two levels. The ...
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Does this video show the Notre Dame fire being deliberately lit?

The video in question comes from this webcam: Viewsurf: Cathédrale Notre Dame. This webcam only takes one 60-second video every hour, at 5 minutes after the hour (17:05, 18:05 etc). Here's a Youtube ...
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Are the 3 World Trade Center towers the only steel-framed high-rises to collapse due to fire?

No The Plasco Building in Tehran On January 19. 2017, this 17-storey steel-framed building abruptly collapsed after burning for several hours, officially killing 20 firemen. https://www.youtube.com/...
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Are coal seams in Blue Mountains (Australia) burning?

The answer to your headline question is yes, coal seams in the blue mountains are burning. But that has been the case for the last 6000 years or so as Mt Wingen (Burning Mountain) at the north end of ...
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Does having your bedroom door closed while sleeping improve fire safety?

I looked for research into this issue which was independent from the UL FSRI. In 1999, there was a Master of Engineering student's project report: Deborah L Palmer, Should bedroom doors be open or ...
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Does having your bedroom door closed while sleeping improve fire safety?

Certainly UK fire regulations and analysis support this claim. Residential institutions are required to have automatic closers on bedroom doors because of this. On taller buildings there is a ...
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Are the 2019 Amazon rainforest fires only 7% higher than the 10 year average?

Not all of Brazil is Amazon. Year 2019 to 26 August, Brazil has had an 80% increase in satellite detected fire spots from the same period in 2018. For the Amazon portion of Brazil the increase ...
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Are environmentalists largely responsible for Californian forest fires?

Mostly true First, your title somewhat overstates Reason's claim in the article "Bad Policies Fuel Fires", which is that "[politicians] and environmentalists increased the risk of big ...
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Did German troops ignite pools of kerosene on a ship in March 1943?

Pools of kerosene burn in a self-sustaining manner as reported in Combustion Properties of Large Liquid Pool Fires Fire Technology volume 25, pages 241–255(August 1989). This reference compiles ...
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Was the heart of the buddhist monk Quảng Đức intact after cremation?

Although it is hard to say for Quảng Đức specifically, it wouldn't be without any precedent, a famous similar case is that of Percy Shelley's heart, Mary Shelley's, his wife, carried the heart with ...
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Did German troops ignite pools of kerosene on a ship in March 1943?

If you're looking for a historical answer, I don't have that, but if you're asking about the scientific side of it, the temperature of the weather is irrelevant to whether a fire could be sustained; ...
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