No pressure, but there are charities for all sorts of unwanted things, even people. Yet these crafted, loved, objects from nature can be left on the shelf, totally uncared for. Or they can be bought, by the way.

From The Crazy World of Arthur Brown to Wassailing in Little Birch, fire attracts all sort. What is it? It is usually combining whatever it is with oxygen. And this gives off various things some of which are visible when they are hot gas (flames - watch!) and some can be felt (radiated heat - stand closer). Some can be felt far more (conductive heat - actually touch!). And some of which you feel later through their effects (smoke, soot, carbon dioxide and other waste products). Smoke exists because the wood hasn't burned properly - too damp or too little oxygen. Shut off all the oxygen and the wood will slowly turn into charcoal.

Fire can be good for life, witness the huge fires that nature now needs in Australia having adapted over thousands of years. But not good for human life as we spread and see to control more and more of this earth.

The European Space Agency tracks fires all around the world - see here for the Map of European Fires. NASA updates a world fire atlas showing when fires start and finish.

We've been told that the Amazon Rainforest is the lungs of the world, providing a large percentage of the oxygen we breathe. This is not true. Plankton do that job. But burning wood or peat such as across Canada or even the Russian arctic does use up oxygen and add back CO2 - as much as a small country does in a year.