We’ve all heard stories of an occasional fire rejuvenating soil, however, soil is very fragile, and extreme heat can damage it.
In some places, like the African savannah, there are plants that actually require fire to germinate, but generally speaking, soil is fragile, and can be severely damaged by high temperature forest fires.
Fire can be bad for a soil’s fertility, but as ginaguillotine said, it can also be good. Wild fires are in a sense a neutralizer: they bring everything back down to zero. Where landscapes have been transformed by humans, many plants that survive wildfires (especially grasses and hardy weeds) will repopulate a given piece of land with native plants.
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