But see, this just shows the utter lack of understanding of the problem and the disservice the president is doing. It honestly angers me, people are losing their lives and homes.
Mechanical methods are futile, it’s simply ludicrous to think that we are going to be managing half of the state’s landmass like someone’s backyard and/or perimeter of their house. Small areas and where it makes sense, yes, but the vast areas of state and federal land can not be tackled this way,
The reality is the only prevention is… fire. This really is a time you fight fire with fire. We have known this for decades, that setting prescribed fires and letting small fires burn out is the only solution to clearing large areas of brush and preventing these massive and devastating fires. The forest service knows this, the fire departments know this, ecologists know this… everyone has since the 70s-80s. It is a fundamental part of modern ecological sciences and forestry managment.
The problem is we have been in massive cycles of droughts that make this very difficult, we have not had a reprieve that really allows for the use of prescribed fires, or to let smaller fires go… they all have deadly potential now during a drought. And it will always be difficult from a political standpoint; who wants to see their town’s beautiful countryside blackened for a decade, before it regrows?
And that is the root cause, decades of fire prevention that got us here. We spent 50+ years putting every single fire in sight out… because that is what people want. But that just made it worse decades down the road when undergrowth builds up, a drought is active, and a fire hits those areas and can’t be controlled. But are we really going to sit here and blame past firefighters from doing their job to save lives and homes?
This is a very complicated problem, and the presidents gaslighting on this topic is shameful. But the most disheartening thing to see is it is working.