Fire! - Alaska's Wild Wonders (Issue 4)
Many people think that fire is a bad thing and that it is harmful to wildlife, but fire actually plays a role in keeping Alaska's ecosystems healthy. Smokey Bear's message—“Only you can prevent forest fires”—is aimed at fires caused by people and is accurate in that sense. Humans usually cause fires near where people live and these can threaten life and property. People should prevent accidental fires. People cannot, however, be expected to prevent fires caused by nature. What's more, when fires aren't threatening people or property, it may be beneficial to the ecosystem to let them burn.
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