Fire

Fires may be the result of natural phenomena such as lightning or they may be man-induced. Usually natural fires are an integral part of plant community development and influence such things as soil nutrient availability and biological diversity. In contrast, uncontrolled or wildfires disrupt such processes and can have a catastrophic impacts. The vast majority of wildfires are intentionally set and often occur in conifer forests. In recent years extended droughts, together with the rapidly expanding exploitation of tropical forests and the demand for the conversion of forests to other land uses, have resulted in a dramatic increase in wildfires. While some conifers have evolved to be fire dependent by having serotinous cones that open and release their seed in response to fire, their populations are so small or fragmented that even natural fires may be catastrophic. This is particularly evident in areas with a Mediterranean climate. It is the introduction of inappropriate fire regimes (frequency, severity, or seasonal timing) that can have the most severe impact.

Taxa in the category - Fire:

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Araucaria humboldtensis J. Buchholz

One of 13 species of Araucaria endemic to New Caledonia where it is restricted to less than five locations. There has been a recent decline in the health of some high altitude stands. Read full species entry >

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Araucaria muelleri (Carrière) Brongn. & Gris.

One of 13 species of Araucaria endemic to New Caledonia where it has a restricted distribution and has become Endangered due to mining and fire. Read full species entry >

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Araucaria scopulorum de Laub.

One of 13 species of Araucaria endemic to New Caledonia. Its five locations are threatened by nickel mining and fire. Read full species entry >

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Athrotaxis cupressoides D.Don

Endemic to Tasmania where the main threats are fire, grazing of regeneration and dieback caused by Phytophthora Read full species entry >

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Athrotaxis selaginoides D.Don

One of two Athrotaxis species endemic to Tasmania where historically it has suffered from fire and logging. Today, even with protection, there is a continuing decline due to fire. Read full species entry >

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Callitris oblonga A.Rich. & Rich.

Endemic to Australia where it occurs on the mainland and Tasmania. Threats include  forest clearance, fire, grazing, invasive species and soil erosion. Read full species entry >

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Cedrus libani A.Rich.

Native to mountains adjacent to the north-eastern Mediterranean coast in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Threats include pathogens, fire, urbanisation, selective felling, activities associated with winter sports and grazing. Read full species entry >

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Cupressus arizonica var. nevadensis (Abrams) Little

Endemic to the USA in southern California and threatened mainly by fire Read full species entry >

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