Occasional Fires Contribute to Healthy Grasslands (image) University of California - Irvine Share Print E-Mail Caption Regular fires have long helped maintain healthy grasslands worldwide. But rapid expansion of industrial farming in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America has resulted in a nearly 25 percent decrease in fires and the loss of habitat for endangered lions and other large mammals. Credit Center of Environmental Monitoring & Fire Management, Federal University of Tocantins, Brazil Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.