Responsible Earth


Fire

Fire is a natural ecological disturbance that cleans the forest floor (by removing debris) and enriches the soil; therefore, fire is beneficial to mature stands of trees as it reduces competition. Regular, low intensity surface fires also kill disease, reduce water absorption (resulting in more surface water), and encourages fire-dependent trees (such as lodgepole pine) to reproduce.

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So...what's the issue?

    Increased fire suppression--for the             safety of surrounding communities--           has led to increased fuel                         accumulation, decreased forest             health, and increased susceptibility     to disease and infestation.                     Unfortunately, global and local threats         such as climate change and bark beetle     infestations also affect the frequency         and intensity of forest fires.


What is our responsibility?

    We at Responsible Earth understand that Mother Nature has a plan, though it may         not fit well into the human agenda. While we do not have a say in whether wildfires         burn naturally or not, RE does have the ability to reduce fuel accumulation                 through biomass remediation. Through this thinning, we hope to reduce future         fire intensity when, not if, they do occur.

    It is everyone's responsibility to promote and practice wildfire safety. If you live in         an area susceptible to fires, here are a few things you can do:

    - Stay up to date on fire laws.
    - Make sure fire vehicles can access your property.
    - Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
    - Teach children about fire safety.
    - Follow local burning laws.
   
    For more information on how to prepare for wildfires (as well as any other natural         disaster) visit: www.ready.gov/wildfires