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When done in small doses, controlled burns can be beneficial to forest growth.
Fire: the ultimate debate between friend and foe. Our use of fire is what makes us human, while its power of destruction drives our fears.
Since the beginning, we have had a natural urge to control and dominate fire. In the past century, however, the suppression of low-intensity natural forest fire has disturbed natural systems and allowed high-intensity megafires to run rampant.
Naturally, periodic forest fires help to clear away old brush and allow for new growth. They recycle nutrients back into the soil, disperse seeds of fire-adapted plants and burn ground cover to give seedlings a chance at light.