I was out exploring and I ran into an area where all the trees were burning--the leaves were gone, it was trunk pieces that will never burn up.

Now, I have had a wildfire get out of hand some time ago but I don't think it burned anywhere near this area and there are plenty of unburned trees between my wildfire and this patch.

Do wildfires happen on their own?

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  • @badp: No. This was far from home, I had never been there and I wasn't carrying anything except a few plants I had harvested on my trip. Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 4:32
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    I didn't put it there as a duplicate link, but as a link to a related question :)
    – badp
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 7:56

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As you explored, you triggered a chunk to be created. Minecraft decided to put a lava fall in that chunk. The lava spread on the ground. The trees became close enough to catch fire as a result and the fire quickly spread out...

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    This has become more common lately since the change that let you find lava on the surface with pretty good regularity. Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 0:42
  • I sure didn't see any lava but I didn't explore the whole burn zone carefully. There could have been a lava block hiding on the far size of it. It certainly wasn't a fall unless it was falling into a cave. Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 4:34
  • The (outdated) single player commands mod (SPC) had a command to extinguish all fires. This helped me out sometimes before my wooden house burnt up.
    – fjdumont
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 10:16

Now with the weather, lightnings can hit a tree and start a fire. But it's rare because the rain will extinguish it.

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