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Fighting fire with fire
For decades, Australia has faced unprecedented wildfires. Cultural burns", ancestral fire prevention techniques, are now recognized for their effectiveness against devastating fires. Indigenous peoples have long used them to clear undergrowth and remove flammable materials from forests, which are more likely to catch fire during periods of intense heat. In addition to their qualities in fighting extreme fires, fires are a regeneration technique for flora and fauna. In Australia, many plant species, including edible plants, depend on fire for flowering and seed germination. In Australia, many plant species, including edible plants, require fire to flower or germinate their seeds, while many animals benefit from the growth of nutrient-rich young shoots after fires. This complex relationship between fire, flora and fauna is nurtured by indigenous peoples, who possess a profound knowledge of the Australian environment.
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