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A surprisingly high number of wildfires are caused by electrocuted birds

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In 2015, a wildfire burned through 10,000 acres in Idaho, forcing 165 firefighters to combat the blaze. The cause? A bird nesting at the top of a power line structure. 

Reports of bird electrocutions leading to wildfires have shown up anecdotally from time to time in the past. Now researchers are studying just how often this happens, reports the New York Times’ Carolyn Wilke. 


Wildland fires ignited by avian electrocutions


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