From the text:'In conclusion I would like to emphasize that the use to which fire ecology work is to be put must be kept in mind, namely to predict postfire vegetation development for an ecologic-economic input into fire and land management decision-making. This cannot be done without taking the variability of fire behaviour into account, and integrating Or correlating this with the biological effects. Now whether the management function involves planning of prescribed fire or responding to wildfire, rational decisions can be made only if three conditions are satisfied: (1) Specification of land use objectives. (2) Characterization of fires as to their expected behaviour and occurrence in terms of fire intensity, depth of burn, and fire interval. (3) Prediction of the response of the vegetation, i.e. the biological effect, according to the expected fire behavior.