Fire management is an area that many people may not understand. Fire management plays an important part in the health and quality of forests and other natural parts of the environment. Sometimes fires are intentionally started by professionals. When a forest or other area of land is diseased or otherwise unhealthy, a controlled burn rids the area of the problem. The forest or area of land then has the chance to grow back in a healthy condition.
Of course, wild fires are a part of life and fire management. When a wild fire breaks out, fire management personnel come in, evaluate the situation and determine a plan of action. This includes how to extinguish the fire and possible evacuation. In some instances, the wild fires are allowed to burn with monitoring by fire fighters. You may wonder why a wild fire would be allowed to burn. As long as the path of the fire is controlled and the risk is minimal, there are times when it is necessary to just let nature take its course.
Not all wild fires are started by nature. Many are started by people. This has resulted in an increased awareness of the risk of wild fires. Programs such as the one involving Smoky the Bear are designed to teach people about risky behavior that can result in a fire. Fire management also monitors the weather patterns and when it is too dry, a burn ban will be issued. Burn bans help keep the risk of wild fires down because the people in the affected areas are not allowed to burn until the ban is lifted.
Fire is a destructive thing. It can quickly devour fields, trees and homes. Yet, it is a necessary part of life and nature. Without fire, who knows where humanity would be today? Fire management helps keep the people and nature safer and healthier by managing intentional and wild fires.