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1

How is vegetation impacted?

Kills part/ entire plants.
Which exposes soil to heating from sun , which will dry it out. More water flow in rain event = unstable soil
Replanting decisions

2

How is soil impacted?

The heat changes the structure of soil.
Ignite organic matter which is needed for growth.
Nutrient loss.

3

How is water impacted?

Increased runoff of fain fall after a fire carries suspending soil particles dissolved inorganic nutrients Ito streams - reducing water quality.

(Ash)
(Eutrophication)

4

How is air impacted ?

Co2
Smoke
Temporary changes to weather

5

How is human health and welfare impacted ?

Destroy crops/ hay bales / timber which could account for the life savings of some landowners

6

How is wildlife impacted ?

Need food / water / cover and space to survive.
Food water and cover is destroyed.
Migration of animals away from fires.
Habitats destroyed
Impacts food webs

7

So what is done to try reduce impact of wildfires?

Prescribed burning.
As it’s under control , less env damage.