If you’re on the west coast you’re probably stuck inside breathing HEPA air while Newsom and Trump duke it out over whether the planet is warming. Meanwhile, the US Department of Forestry says 95% of fires are human caused and none of our enlightened leaders are paying any lip service to the fact that it’s mostly business as usual for humans and developers at the WUI (Wildland/Urban Interface). Many communities being rebuilt from the 2018 fires are having overhead power lines reinstalled. Here in California the state even subsidizes fire insurance to encourage living and building in areas that will only increase fire risk by having more humans present.
Everyone talking about prescribed burns and better forest management, but with more people moving into the woods and building, it’s becoming impossible to do that. Why aren’t our leaders speaking to this issue when the science is sound? Everything about our way of life will get worse if we can’t save the forests.
The most obvious answer here that money won’t appreciate is we have to ban human activity in wildlands during high fire seasons and put a moratorium on development at the WUI, in addition to new zoning establishing an absolute perimeter for fire risk infrastructure.
But no - none of that is being discussed openly by our enlightened leaders. Instead we’re being asked to put literally everything on pause for globalism and development so the pandemics can spread and the fires and burn, but for what - the new normal? Urban sprawl is only a 70 year old design concept and we live a good chunk of our lives in cars thanks to the wisdom of that, and all we have to show for it are cities and towns at risk of total destruction.