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How wildfires sometimes get weird names

Posted: 1:48 PM, Sep 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-28 13:48:35-04
How wildfires sometimes get weird names

Have you ever wondered who's responsible for naming wildfires? And why do they sometimes get such strange names?

For instance, there's a fire burning in Tennessee called the "Happy Valley Ridge" fire. There's another in California called the "Soup Complex" fire.

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There isn't a single organization responsible for naming wildfires, and the responsibility falls on the first person to call in the fire to the emergency dispatch.

Watch the video to learn more about how and why wildfires are named.