Fire has significantly influenced the evolution of ecosystems throughout the Southeast, but particularly in the Coastal Plain. Fire frequency is a consequence of the frequency of incendiary events, landscape continuity, a complex set of moisture conditions, and the rate of fuel production. Changes in fire frequency or intensity may change the above features of an ecosystem thus altering the frequency and intensity of future fires. Fire response varies according to the natural role of fire. In areas when fire occurrence is stochastic and fires are intense, fire response is similar to classical successional schemes. In areas of chronic low intensity fires, fire may play an integral role in ecosystem stability.