A fire fighting strike crew from Carson City is back home safe and sound after helping to fight enormous fires in Northern California. Fire danger on the coast due to climate change is so menacing that firefighter mutual-aid calls are likely to become “the norm.”
It would also stand to reason that when wildfires break out in California, Oregon and Washington that large fire retardant air bombers would be “at the ready” 24/7 to launch on a moment’s notice and knock down wild fires before they get too far out of control. Quick response times on the ground with IMMEDIATE help from air tankers is key. These are not your grandfather’s wildland fires.
Home and business insurance corporations should be tapped to pony up funds to help our brave firefighters knock down blazes early with more equipment, more personnel and faster warning. The same can be said for power companies like PG&E who should clear-cut very wide areas under their wires and towers to make sure that there is zero vegetation on the ground. More strict inspection of tower components and transmission lines should also be required.
Enhanced fire prevention in the MILLIONS prevents disasters in the BILLIONS.