Until last year, I was fortunate enough to never be home when the forest fires were happening. I somehow managed to plan my vacations during the smokiest days of the summer. I know exactly what I want to see in the future. And it’s the opposite of what I saw the first day that I opened my front door to smoke. The future I envision has clean air for everyone. In order to see this future, we need to understand and push for more controlled burns. The Canadian government calls prescribed burns a “versatile management tool,” but continues to pour money into rebuilding affected communities instead of committing to in-advance fire management. As a group educated on fire management, let’s push our government to take fire/forest management more seriously!