What we know is that although wildfires are part of a natural cycle, a strict ‘hands-off’ approach can allow serious environmental damage to occur in ways that endanger delicate forest ecosystems.
See how much greenhouse gas emissions were produced from wildfires in 2015.
Hydrophobic Soil: When fire is fierce enough to cause soil to repel water.
Soil has a very important role in every forest ecosystem, not only as a material in which trees and vegetation grow, but also as a ‘manager’ to smooth out uneven flows of water.
When it rains or when snow melts in the forest, healthy soil absorbs runoff which curtails erosion and prevents high volumes of sediment from clogging streams and lowering water quality.
But after catastrophic fires, the soil can become very unhealthy, waxy, and water-repellent.
Read about hydrophobic soil in an article from the University of Idaho.
"In 2015, wildfire was the 2nd biggest emitter of carbon across all activities in Washington."
-- Peter J. Goldmark, Bioenergy Coordinator, Washington State Department of Commerce