Instead of fighting wildfire, we should let forests burn

By Steve Taylor, behavior analyst
The Modesto Bee
October 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…I’m asking Californians to consider the “Hurricane” approach to fighting wildfires. Just like it sounds, when there’s a fire on the mountain, we clear everyone out for miles around, let nature do its thing, then go back in later to see what’s left. We would fight a wildfire like we fought Irma and Harvey, first by trucking people out. This would save our forests, money and lives. Cal-Fire is the multi-billion dollar agency responsible for 31 million acres of public and private forests and in the past three years, its budget – just to fight wildfires – has more than doubled, from $242 million in fiscal year 2013-14 to $608 million in 2015-16, according to Cal-Fire spokesman, Scott McLain. …Fires should not be fought. Fire is a friend we should welcome in every 25 years or so.

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