A native blue gentian, Gentianella wislizenii, which had virtually disappeared from mountain meadows in southern Arizona. Natural fire helped to regenerate growth by the thousands — lack of fire had previously prevented regeneration.
Fire plays a vital role in maintaining the health of many natural areas.
Restoring the natural presence of fire to landscapes — either through controlled burns or by letting naturally started fires burn — has brought new life to rare plants and animals and the habitats in which they live.
Excluding all naturally occurring fires, in contrast, can lead to a build up of undergrowth that fuels extreme fires that threaten both people and nature.
Learning to live with fire requires understanding the role of fire in nature: