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Chaparral Brush Also Has High Oil Content in Its Leaves

Wright and Bailey on California chaparral flammability

doc-titleFire Ecology: United States and Southern Canada (book)
quoteThe numerous brush seedlings after fire in California chaparral stands as well as the vigorous sprouting ability of many species are unmistakable signs of their adaptability to fire. Axelrod (1958) states that these communities burn readily and have done so for over 2,000,000 years. Their relatively large amount of loosely arranged small material - much of it becoming dead as the plant matures - and high volatile oil content make them very flammable.
sourceWright & Bailey's book Fire Ecology