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Forest Fire Watch: Frequently Asked Questions About Forest Fires

Forest Fire FAQ


Fire plays an important role in most forest ecosystems in Canada. As these ecosystems have evolved over the last 10,000-15,000 years (since the glacial retreat at the end of the last ice age), fire has helped to maintain their health and diversity. From a socio-economic perspective fire can, however, have negative or undesirable effects on public health and safety, property, and natural resources.

This FAQ is intended to provide a basic understanding of wildland fires and their effects on the land.

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