Experts say California’s wildfires will keep getting more destructive and deadly because the government wages a war on fire. The underbrush that builds up as the perfect tinder and kindling for uncontrollable wildfires, needs to burn off periodically, but the government tries to extinguish even ‘good fires’. Now, some 20 million acres need to be burned intentionally, but culture, greed, liability laws, and good intentions may prevent it.
Background Resource: They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? [Mother Jones, September 2, 2020]