Importance of bushfires

Why are bushfires important ?

There are some obvious reasons for knowing about bush fires:

  • Environmentally bushfires can be important to local ecosystems. eg smoke is sometimes needed for seeds to germinate.
  • Bushfire benefits to the environment and recovery
  • Bushfires can have a economic and emotional effect on people and property directly affected.

Having a better understanding of bushfire causes can help you better prepare and perhaps minimise or prevent bushfire damage.

Bushfires can affect the atmosphere by :

  • creating large volumes of smoke and ash.
  • causing localised changes in weather.
  • increasing the amount of carbon dioxide CO2


Pyrocumulonimbus cloud forming as a result of a bushfire below

The environmental protection authority provides current air quality For asthmatics the increased smoke in the air can provoke asthma attacks.