Mats Petersson


The flames are licking the trunks. Animals are escaping the unbearable heat. Blackened branches sprawling into the night sky.
Fire is essential for a health ecosystem. As long as there have been forest and vegetation, fires have been a recurring event. Animals and plants have adapted to it, and some species are even dependent on that the forests burn occasionally. Since the last ice age in Scandinavia which ended 15,000 years ago, the development process in nature has been dependent on fires during the hot dry summers periods and thunderstorms.
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Some animals and plants are completely dependent on the fires in order to reproduce. Many insects are attracted to the smoke and conspecifics. and some seeds do not mature until they get very hot . There are trees that have adapted to survive forest fire, like pine with its thick bark and high crown, that often escape the flames.
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