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Introduction

From the results of the general literature review and the extended literature review, found respectively at General Literature Review and General Literature Review, it was revealed that forest fires can be either advantageous or detrimental for a forest, however the effects mainly depend on fire severity and intensity. The most basic consequence of a forest fire is the incineration of organic matter, however even such a simple consequence brings about changes in the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of the forest soil, which forms the basis of the forest ecosystem. Nonetheless, forest fires form an important component in the upkeep of forests by altering the composition of a forest. Secondary effects of a forest fire can be found in the animal kingdom, since most animals require a specific ecosystem to optimally sustain themselves and thus a forest fire can severely impact the population dynamics of animals living in these areas. To combat the negative effects of the aftermath of forest fire, several methods exist, including but not limited to: natural reforestation, manual reforestation and aerial reforestation. However, each of these methods come with their own advantages and drawbacks.

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