How Do Wildfires Get Their Names?

How Do Wildfires Get Their Names?

How Do Wildfires Get Their Names?

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The New York Times decided to take a look at how these blazes get their official names. The short answer is: pretty randomly. Unlike hurricanes, wildfire names are not plucked from a predetermined list. Rather, they’re typically based on geography and are often named by whatever firefighting personnel gets there first. “You could have a fire by a landfill and they might call it the Dump Fire,” California Fire spokeswoman Heather Williams said. “Sometimes the names come through and it’s like, ‘Really, guys?’”

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