Many greenhouses are relatively isolated from the nearest fire station and may  lack adequate water supply to fight structural fires. As protected cropping structures become larger and evolve from low technology greenhouses to medium or high technology greenhouses the risk of faults in equipment and wiring and human error may also increase. Plant containers, packaging, glazing and shade cloth are readily-available combustible fuels found throughout a typical greenhouse. As a result of these compounding risk factors, fires can spread rapidly throughout the facility, causing severe economic losses, negative environmental impact and loss of human life.

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