|Is fire something alive?|
|Question Date: 2012-10-17|
Fire is not a living thing. Fire is a
process: it is the fast combustion of a
material. The flame, which is yellow-orange part
we usually see, is actually a mixture of gases
that are reacting with one another. Depending on
the type of gas, you can get different flame
Fire is not a living creature in the way we
usually talk about life. However, there are many
chemical reactions that take place to keep the
fire going (or keep it "alive," if you'd
Normally, fire is not considered to be life
because it contains no knowledge that is passed
on as fire spreads. It's just a chemical
reaction that can sustain itself and spread.
Living things pass on their DNA and the
knowledge that DNA contains, which is what makes
them different from fire.
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