What contributes to a forests vulnerability to fires?



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    Branches and leafs and biomass in general naturally fall off of trees in the forest. If a lot of them collect on the ground, they are fuel for a fire if a fire starts. Forest fires naturally occur at different rates depending on the fuel load of a forest and the climatic conditions, etc. Sometimes, conditions change so that natural forest fires do not occur as frequently as they should or used to. One way to help this situation is to do prescribed burns. Local forestry departments or environmental organizations can apply for permits to burn excess fuel on the ground in controlled conditions.

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