Forest fires promote new growth and the main problem we pay attention to is the strength and area of damage of each major fire. We understand the ecological benefits of a forest fire to allow for new growth and clear old dead growth. I believe that forest fires are a symptom and no the toot of the problem. The more we try to address it, the stronger the rebound effect. In my vision for the future, we should avoid using fire suppression techniques, prescribe controlled fires, and treat forest fires as a symptom of climate change rather than an isolated problem.
In this regard, the mountain pine beetle’s reach is limited by the temperature threshold. They have migrated north and eastward in Canada due to the warming temperatures that create a more comfortable environment for them. They kill large trees which in turn create dead kindling ready losing moisture to become fuel for forest fires come a hot season. The collateral damage caused by forest fires such as poor air quality, is due to climate change exacerbating the effects of forest fire. The guiding value in this case is to be conscious of the relationship between forest fires and climate change. The ingredients to induce a fire is amplified (higher temperature, less moisture) with increasing effect.
My intervention this week would be to reduce the fuel available in areas we are present in to limit the strength of the fire. The fires are qualitatively different because of the available fuel and temperature. I would motivate the tree planting careers, or informed hikers to collect unneeded deadfall. Deadfall should be collected from monocultures or other susceptible areas.