Natural Areas NEED FIRE
Historically, lighting sparked wildfires in Palm Beach County's forests periodically, every 3 - 5 years in pine flatwoods and every 10 years in scrub habitats. Fire became a normal occurrence and life in the forests adapted and became dependent on it for survival.
Fire is nature's way of
Keeping things in check by removing thick underbrush so that sunlight reaches the forest floor to allow for greater biodiversity
Creating new growth by generating heat which causes many trees and plants to germinate
Recycling nutrients and minerals back into the forest soils