How do forest fires affects humans?
Forest fire is both bad and good for human. It is bad because it destroys many valuable trees and plants while it is good because of forests regeneration and give tangible benefits to local communities.
1) Forest fire releases biomass smoke which has pollutant in it and has very bad affect on peopleâ€™s health. It can be a small eye, nose or throat irritation or may have serious affect on body causing persistent cardio-pulmonary conditions and can even reach to premature death in very rare cases. The biomass smoke generally enters by the inhaling process. It also enters by ingestion and dermal absorption.
2) The smoke that rises from the forests fire can cause accidents on the nearby highways as the visibility of the drivers of vehicles is distracted by the smoke
3) Forest fire can disturb the eco-system of the neighboring areas and also affects the climate. It can harm the lives of animals living in the forests, buildings, plantation and crops. It also affects on the fertility of soil.
4) Forest fire harms the water bodies making it fouled streams, changes the taste of water and also increase the growth of bacteria and pathogens in water.
FOREST FIRES ALSO HAVE POSITIVE EFFECTS
Feller says that some trees, plants, flowers depend on the fire, heat and sunlight so that they can get favorable conditions for the germination and the animals for e.g.:- deer, elk etc thrive on the plants that grow after the fire on the burnt land.
Fire is a cheap and simple method for clearing the forests and sometimes become the only option.