The kind of fire we're talking about here is one that people intentionally set. I watched a so-called prescribed burn in a forest in Brazil, along with fire ecologist Jennifer Balch.
…In addition to what it destroys on the ground, a wildfire emits thousands of tons of carbon that eventually warm the atmosphere. Balch says the government spends four times as much money every year fighting fires than it does on preventive measures, such as controlled burns.
So, many ecologists have been pushing for more prescribed fires.