The soil of a forest and the leaves of the trees in it absorb up to 50 percent of rain. After a fire, water cannot be retained anymore by the soil and leaves, and floods occur as a consequence.
Soil erosion increases as trees no longer protect the soil from the intensity of the rain. Water bodies are polluted from the tons of ash that are carried away with the first rains after the fire.
Animals are either killed by the fire or they suffer, as they no longer have any shelter.
The Great Fire of 1910
In 1910, a wildfire destroyed three million acres in the USA. The fire burned for two days, and killed 87 people, most of them firefighters. It is known as the Great Fire or Big Blow Up.