A destructive force like a forest fire has a positive ecological role to play as well, as it helps maintain health and diversity of forests. However, rising temperature due to global warming dry up more than just the land. When dry trees and plants rub against each other due to dry winds, they display a process which helped mankind reach this far, ‘starting a fire’ but in this case it translates into a perilous pyre. The high amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the atmosphere makes it a vicious cycle, as forest fires become both an outcome and a cause of global warming. As global temperature rises due to deforestation and industrial excesses, like its effect on other destructive natural phenomena, the frequency, intensity and the domain of destruction is amplify ed for forest fires as well.
The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) has developed many advanced systems and tools which would be able to monitor and describe forest fire activities. CFS has had a research team since mid-1920s and Canada is now world’s best in forest fire research and management in a way which would help sustain a healthy forest but spectre of global warming will take some exorcising.
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Source : IIPM Editorial, 2007
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