Ok, so the title is very vague but I did that on purpose. Coming into class today, I answered "True" to the qualitative properties of fire over different period of time not being different. That's because the mechanism of fire is not inherently obvious, and I'm sure that many people in the general public would think the same.
To tackle the burning hotter problem, we need to address the problem at the source, climate change. Temporary solutions such as controlled burns are just quick results to the larger problem. If we value the wilderness and forests so much, we must take action to protect it.
I hope that there will be continued education surrounding climate change, as that would help resolve many of the false assumptions that are drifting out there.