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WILDFIRE IS A NATURAL PROCESS
THAT CAN GET OUT OF CONTROL
      

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A NATURAL PROCESS

Wildfires are a natural part of the landscape, but problematic when exacerbated by drought, pests such as the Spruce Budworm, and decades of human fire suppression.  As excess flammable materials accumulate due to these issues, fires burn hotter and longer than they would without these additional disturbances.  The combination of these factors significantly increases the risks posed by wildfire in northeastern Minnesota. 

Greenwood Wildfire Minnesota
Seedling sprouting after fire

Wildfires play a crucial role in nutrient cycling, which is the process of returning nutrients to the soil.  Fires also aid in controlling pests and support the regeneration of certain species like the jack pine. However, human fire suppression practices have led to larger and more destructive wildfires, posing significant threats to forests, homes, and communities. Prescribed burns, conducted under controlled conditions by authorities, aim to continue the natural benefits of wildfire, while minimizing risk to human life and property.

Smoldering wildfire

RETURN TO NATURE

VARIETY IS KEY !

Plant a variety of tree seedlings on your property, as forest diversity helps create healthy forests that are more likely to withstand challenges such as climate change, pests and wildfires.

Fire returns nutrients to soil

EARTH

Wind can damage trees

WIND

Fire is a natural process

FIRE

"Fire is never a gentle master.

Whether for good or ill, its nature is always to burn."

- Lloyd Alexander

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