Years of not allowing timber companies harvest large areas of timber and 50 years of Smokey the Bear propaganda has lead us to this. Fire is a crucial piece to forest surviving.
This was a brush fire, not a forest fire, and it wasn't on federal land.
ETA: And fire is part of the ecosystem. Species like Ponderosa Pines require the heat of fire for their seeds to germinate. The best thing to do is let fires burn. Unfortunately, so many people have moved into the areas with high fire risk, that it's politically unfeasible. When it's tried, there's a huge outcry, like with the Yellowstone fires of the nineties. It was a natural event, but the horrific-looking scenes on TV got people up in arms about the "let it burn" policy.
This post was edited on 7/1 at 3:04 pm