Plant Adaptations For Fire-Prone Areas

With many wildfires in the west making the headlines these days, homeowners have questions about whether their landscapes will return to their pre-fire condition. In fact, plants vary widely in their response to fire and, over time, adapt to it. Plants that have adapted to fire are best for fire-prone areas. If you are wondering about the different ways that fire affects plants, read on.  Mediterranean Climates and Wildfire California’s climate is termed a Mediterranean climate, with winter rains and dry, hot summers. Mediterranean climates are also found in Europe and the coasts of Chile, South Africa, and Australia. These areas are prone to regular wildfires and their native plants are often adapted to these fires.  Plants that have adapted to fires have developed biological characteristics that help them survive the heat and smoke. Introduction of new species, however – like extremely flammable cheatgrass in Nevada’s rangeland – can reduce […]

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