There's been a lot of talk about forest fires lately because of the pathetic winter we're having in the northwest. People are worried about there being no water from the mountains once the snow melts, 'cause there's hardly even any snow to melt.
Every year there are forest fires during the summer. Some years are worse than others, and a lot of that depends on what kind of winter there was.
Forest fires are scary. They're dangerous because the forest shares this planet with people and wildlife, and they seem to be devastating to the forest itself. But in actuality, the forest needs those fires to grow, just like people do. The fire burns off all the excess "baggage" laying on top of the soil, and creates a better environment for the seeds of new trees to thrive.
When we're in the middle of the burning woods, it's scary and can be devastating. But we need those fires to grow and flourish. And just like the forest, we get burned, and we come back better.