The September/October NFPA Journal is out and in its latest WildfireWatch column, I wrestle with the idea of what we are collectively willing to invest in the future we want to have.
For some backstory, I’ve seen the costs of large fires out west dominate recent news and agency operations budgets, while accepted development in the wildland urban interface continues. Individual counties are going to welcome economic development and new population. Yet, preparedness and prevention for wildfire in those areas are seen as luxuries to be taken for granted when states debate annual budgets and the amount we should invest to ensure proper stewardship of lands.
NFPA, Firewise, and local stakeholders all see the value in an ounce of prevention and I offer a consideration on the future we should embrace.