I envision a future where we don't open the curtains to see a smokey sky and open the news to see yet another wildfire unexpectedly ravaging the lands. Clean air shouldn't be a privilege, but it is in this world, and if we have it, we shouldn't let it go.
Wildfires are a natural part of forest ecosystems and serve an important role. However, they have been increasing in frequency and severity, likely due to the drier and hotter climate. We have played a role in this, but maybe we can play a role in the solution too. It's important not to demonize fires, but instead figure out how to protect people and reduce wildfire frequencies/severity.
While we may not be able to immediately alter the drier, hotter climates around the world, we could urge those in power to partake in research to determine how to contain fires. We could also form an app or notification service so that people can promptly shut their doors and stay inside when there's a fire, or evacuate ahead of time, or take other measures to protect their homes. Supplying more knowledge on what could be done during a fire to protect oneself, e.g., via community centres or events, could also help people during fires. Increased medical facilities available or a hotline for support for less emergent medical conditions related to the smoke could also help, as hospitals often get overwhelmed with smoke related health issues. Controlled burning can also help reduce these massive wildfires, as well, providing a more direct solution. There are many things we can do, but I feel like the problem is a lack of attention (once fires stop), and thus a lack of preparedness for when fires return or persist. Thus, education of the community and campaigns will be a great start for tackling this issue.