When people think about forest fires they often times assume that the forest fires are something that is going to need to be stopped as soon as it starts. Although there are some forest fire that can are stopped to avoid damage from fire, there are many forest fires that are not stopped.
The damage from fire that fire fighters often work hard to avoid is the damage that can hurt or cause problems with surrounding human life. Damage from fire throughout the forest can often be beneficial to the vegetation and ensure that the forest is healthy and growing successfully.
There are many different types of forest throughout the United States. Within each forest is a variety of plants, animals, geographical formations and even weather patterns that are unique to the specific area that the forest is located within
It is important to understand that each forest fire is unique. The fires are unique because of the variation in weather and the variation that is found within the forests and the surrounding habitats throughout the United States.
A surface fire is a fire that moves along the forest floor and is considered to be the lowest intensity fire that there can be. This type of fire will consume down wood, shrubs and small seedlings but does not necessarily pose a threat to surrounding areas.
If a surface fire gets hot enough it can burn the roots of the trees and kill the trees in the area. When the fire starts to reach higher flame lengths and the intensity of the heat gets stronger the fire is classified as an understory fire and these fires can be more devastating.
When the fire starts to reach the top of the trees in the area it is classified as a crown fire. A crown fire kills the majority of the tress throughout the area and often times wipes out entire portions of forests before it becomes more subdued.
Depending on the weather pattern, there may be portions of the forest that are left unburned. Sometimes a fire will move through a forest and leave islands of trees and vegetation that are not touched by the fire and do not experience any type of damage from fire.
There are often times trees that are severely damaged in a fire but do not die when the fire occurs. Often times, after two years the trees that are damaged will die completely and fall to the ground, where it will start to decompose.
Although this may seem like something that is devastating, the trees often feed other organisms throughout the forest. In this way, a fire is a great way for re-generating life in a forest and ensuring that the forest is going to be there for many years to come.
Fires caused by natural sources can be good for forests. As the fire burns it destroys many organisms but these fires are often a great way to ensure that the forest is able to survive for many years to come.