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  • Forests have evolved to take advantage of fires. The trees from areas that are prone to fire Can only be opened BY being in a fire. Also, the shrubs and small plants burn in a wildfire, leaving the trees unharmed. But since people are building houses near these places the firefighters are forced to put out fires from the get go which means if a fire gets out of control it destroys the forest instead of just the small plants.
  • Forest fire clears large areas that can then evolve through transitional prairie or meadow, and eventually back to forest. Such sub-habitat areas contribute to species diversity. Pre-columbian natives used fire to create swaths that were favorable to some game. It is one thing to convince people of this and get them to agree in principle. Then try keeping them convinced when an approaching wildfire threatens THEIR town, or THEIR property, and THEIR known way of life.

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