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The Destructive Nature and Ecological Benefits of Wildfires

Wildfires have very destructive powers. Powerlines, campfires, lightning strikes, and other sources can start wildfires. Grasslands and forests are the main areas where fires can occur.

When fires reach homes, they put lives and houses in danger. For example, in 2022, wildfires in the U.S. swept through 7.5 million acres of land and burned down 1,200 homes.

Fires can kill pests. In homes and other places, some pests or animals know how to take cover from a wildfire, however, pests who are not native to the area tend to get killed when wildfires occur as they don’t know where to go or how to escape.

However, wildfire burns are important for forests to stay healthy and continue growing. When fires destroy larger plants, this prevents overcrowding in forested lands, allowing for sunlight to reach smaller plants. Wildfires can also get rid of things that fall on the ground like pine needles, leaf litter from trees, and more. Having controlled wildfires can also help grow certain types of plants due to the heat and stiff ground that is created by these fires.

Wildfires can be beneficial in some cases, such as destroying litter. However, unexpected fires can be very dangerous and can affect homes and lives. Managed fires can prevent wildfires from getting worse and can be more dangerous if not handled correctly.

[Source: Science News Explore]

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