How Do Forest Fires Affect the Environment?

U.S. Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service photo/Kari Greer/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0

According to the U.S. Forest Service, forest fires have a damaging effect on the environment, but they also cause a resurgence of nutrients in the areas they burn. Although fire can tear down acres and acres of trees, it can also enrich the soil to let new vegetation grow.