Fire ecology

n. The study of fire’s ecological relationships with its biological and physical environments.

 

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As a branch of ecology, fire ecology focuses on the role of fire as an ecological process in natural and human-altered ecosystems.  This process-oriented focus differs from traditional approaches in branches such as plant, animal, and community ecology that are primarily concerned with ecosystem components rather than processes.  Subtopics within fire ecology include but are not limited to fire effects, fire regimes, and fire history.