Risk Doesn’t Deter Growth in Fire-Prone Areas
Most forests in the Western United States have evolved with natural fire disturbance. The perceived severity of recent fires has been exacerbated primarily by growth in residential development, climate change and past fire suppression. Despite the risk of fire, these areas continue to experience massive residential growth. Does this justify turning to industrial logging free of environmental controls in order to protect these homes? I would suggest that choosing to live in fire-prone areas entails taking responsibility to protect your own property and to live with rather than try to artificially suppress fires from which baby forests are born.