The Fire Tornado
When you think of a wildfire in the grasslands or forest, you picture destruction, death and scorched blackened earth left in the wake of one of the planet’s most destructive of elements, am I right?
Another thing you might picture in your minds eye is one of these:
A fire tornado doing it’s macabre dance through the open grasslands or dense, dry forest spreading destruction everywhere.
What if I told you, that wildfires, that are often seen as volatile and destructive things, can be a good thing?
Wildfires cleanse. As the fire tornado, a rare event that happens when air meets fire in a macabre dancers embrace, dances across the land setting all that it brushes alight, it makes room for the new. New grass, new trees, new animals.
Animals that are too weak to outrun the flames, are culled. Their bodies feed those that return to the now barren landscape. They decompose feeding the green grass and other plant life that will sprout. Those animals that return, live to breed another day, passing on their swiftness to the next generation. Or those who decide not to return to the scorched earth, move on to populate other areas of the wilderness, spreading their populations to more fertile areas.
The blackened and dead vegetation choked the ability for new growth and some seeds could not spread without the burning kiss of the fire, such as the rock pine. All the old and gnarled plant matter is cleared out, making room for new succulent shoots to push through the baked soil. These fresh green shoots nourish the newly born deer fawn, which in turn, will feed the wolves. A lush ecosystem regenerates instead of stagnates, all with the help of the danse macabre of the beautiful fire tornado.