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Fire in Nature

Some ecosystems depend on periodic fires. In these fire-adapted areas, fire promotes plant and wildlife diversity and burns away accumulations of live and dead plant material (leaves, branches, and trees).

Ponderosa Pine in the Northwest and Intermountain West

Chaparral

Lodgepole Pine Communities of the Rocky Mountains

Alaska’s Boreal Forest and Tundra

Midwest Prairie

Pitch Pine “Barrens” of the Northeast

Jack Pine Communities of the Great Lakes Region

Oak-Hickory Forests

Southern Pine Communities