I envision a future where our collective understanding of fires and forest ecology is improved. The media tends to portray forest fires in a negative light through the dispersal of fear-inducing images: cars trying to escape a forest burning all around them; people covering their mouths to avoid inhaling plumes of smoke; and communities evacuating their towns to avoid being killed. While these impacts of fires are very much real, the portrayal of purely negative information about fires is exacerbating the problem. I value a world where hope trumps fear since fear usually leads ineffective actions.
Fire management today largely uses the suppression of fires as a way to deal with fires, but this doesn't work. By putting off