I know that fire needs the existence of heat, oxygen, and a fuel. To make fire, it is a chemical or molecular reaction.
I was thinking, does fire need heat to burn or is heat just a byproduct of fire. I understand fire can be produced from heat (super excited molecules containing a large amount of kinetic energy), however, can a fire exist in a freezer? I'm thinking, intuitively, that it will not go out.
I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and as I saw the fire on the news last night in Porter Ranch, I'm thinking to myself how primitive our fire fighting tools and methods are. I asked a few classmates of mine, "would you take out a small bush fire with a spray bottle or water balloons?" So far I've gotten water balloons as an answer except one answered with a spray bottle. I argued that it will turn into vapor before it does anything to the fire. He countered argued saying that not only does water suffocate the fire, it "cools it down". Then I asked myself "does fire need heat to continue burning?"