Small Fires Ignite Change In Forest Fire Policies
by Alex Scott, age 9
Forest fires can be bad,
but they also can be good. For many years people thought that all forest
fires should be put out. Then they realized stopping the small fires
made big fires worse.
The brush left on the ground without small
fires created fuel for big fires because of the dry, dead plants. Any
spark or match could cause a huge out-of-control fire.
early 1970s the National Park Service in the United States of America
started allowing natural fires to burn themselves out. This tactic went
well until 1988, when many fires destroyed parts of Yellowstone
National Park. Hundreds of elk, black bears, deer, moose and other
animals died in this ferocious and dangerous fire. but
animals such as fish and deer mice were fine.
After the fires of Yellowstone, people began to build homes in the
forests of the west. This meant fire fighters had to put the flames out
in order to protect the people.
Still, sometimes the fires are
so big that almost nothing can stop them. It can take days or even weeks
to stop certain fires. The only thing that can really stop these fires
is the arrival of cool, wet weather.
[Source: Ranger Rick]