How can forest fires be food for forests?

Forest fires cause such terrible destruction that it seems impossible they can do anything but harm to a forest. In forests that are carefully maintained by foresters this may be true. Foresters thin the trees regularly. They clear away dead wood and brushwood that might slow the growth of trees. And they plant saplings to grow into future trees. A forest fire in one of these managed forests can be disastrous.

Out in the wild, things are different. There nature has to manage the forest by itself. Under these circumstances fire can be a great help. A forest fire burns up dead wood and brush-wood to clear the ground for new growth. It has also been discovered that certain trees only release their seeds at very high temperatures. In fact, these trees need to heat of a forest fire before they drop their seeds to start new trees growing.

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