The Role of Fire in the Degradation of Ecosystems

  • Ross W. Wein
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Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


Man has long been in conflict with wildfire yet as Sauer (1975) argues, early man retained fire and utilised it to dominate his environment. Lightning and volcanic activity are older causes of fire over much of the world and one cannot deny their importance (Komarek, 1973) but man in his somewhat more systematic approach has changed the frequency of fire. Although until recently man has considered fire to be a very destructive agent, fire is now considered such a positive force by some researchers that its negative effects may be ignored.


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  • Ross W. Wein
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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