This article argues that fire is more akin to trophic processes such as herbivory, and that there has been a reluctance by ecologists to incorporate the process of fire into general theories of community development and assembly.
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Bond, W. J. and J. E. Keeley. 2005. Fire as a global ‘herbivore’: the ecology and evolution of flammable ecosystems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20:387–394.