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Privatization is resulting in more money going to suppression and less into fuel treatment, fewer women and people of color in fire management, while having none of the vaunted "private sector efficiencies" that were advertised.
The contractor for this website sucks. They have a clear ideological bias. They have made commenting on this site unnecessarily bureaucratic.
We need to build a fire permeable landscape in the west. We need to use fire to restore forest resiliency and to use zoning and building codes to reduce flammability of structures. For example, in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer, let wildfire do the work in remote landscapes, use controlled fire to reduce surface and ladder fuels near towns and finally do mechanical treatment in the backyards. Combine these approaches ...more »