Recently I heard on the TV news that about 25,000 firefighters are dealing with wildfires in 10 states. The huge human and financial investment in this hazard needs to be reviewed.
The trend of an increasing number of large wildfires is taxing the nation’s capabilities to efficiently put out the blazes.
The U.S. Forest Service, which bears the largest share of the national firefighting responsibilities, reported this month that for the first time, the agency is devoting more than half its total budget to fighting fires, up from 16% 20 years ago. The percentage could rise to two-thirds of its funding by 2025, the Forest Service said in a report.
I am not sure if this is a first, but expert wildfire experts from Australia and NZ are coming to the U.S. to help. This is at the request of the U.S.D.A.
Another unusual step is that of asking for volunteers to help fight fires in Washington state.