KKL JNF forests are comprised of a great variety of tree species with an assortment of grassy meadows in their midst. When these meadows dry up in the summer, they can become the cause of fatal forest fires. Grazing in these forest pastures reduces the quantity of dry brush, thereby reducing the danger of wildfires in the summer, while supplying significant quantities of pasture for herds.
Forest fires start in the undergrowth (leaves, twigs, grass), and their spreading to the treetops depends on the contiguity of flammable material between the forest floor and the treetops. Proper grazing, which eliminates the undergrowth, considerably lessens the number of forest fires, and their magnitude.