Invasive Pines in the Western Cape Threatens Biodiversity and Increase the Intensity of Wildfires (image) Stellenbosch University Share Print E-Mail Caption Orderly plantations of pine trees in the background, and invasion by escaped pines on the Garcia Pass in the southern Cape, south Africa. These invasions can substantially increase fuel loads, leading to more intense and damaging wildfires. Credit Johan Baard Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.