Wildfires can occur in any country –
America, Canada, Australia,
And even in the Western Cape of South Africa
With climate change they have become prevalent.
Natural fires generally start by lightning.
Some begin by spontaneous combustion
Caused by sawdust and dried leaves,
And these fires burn for other reasons
But there are “good” and “bad” forest fires.
Wildfires are “good” when they are beneficial to mankind.
They turn dead trees and decaying plant matter into ashes
Causing nutrients to return to the soil,
Instead of being trapped in dead plant vegetation
So, wildfires clear the decaying trees
Of debris by returning health to the forest,
And some plants depend on the heat for germination
Wildfires are “bad” when they destroy homes
Causing a loss of lives and loss of cultivated acres
People suffer and they wipe out many species
Such fires also kill trees that prevent erosion
Thus, having a negative impact on the environment
In the forests more trees die because of insect infestation,
And disease than from wildfires
So, nature can be both “good” and “bad”,
Fires often help to restore the ecosystem of forests,
And the decomposed organic matter enriches the soil
“God, you have shown that with wildfires there could be mixed results. So, help us in our quest to have a better understanding of climate change.”