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Wildfires Becoming Increasingly Destructive ― Where Do They Occur Most Often?

Does Congress need to do more to combat wildfires?

  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    11/03/2019
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    So here is the thing. California burns. That is not political. That’s how the terrain evolved. The terrains that evolved with fire are not the issue. The issue is the PEOPLE continually building without consideration for the ENVIRONMENT they are building in. The bills from fire are like the bills from flooding. Charging for human stupidity. Just like flooding, fire can be addressed by refusing to insure in bad locations and OBVIOUS BUILDING CODES. If you live in a fire terrain: You don’t build timber frame houses. You don’t shingle with tar shingles. You don’t use flammable insulation. If there were intelligent terrain consideration codes for fire safety in the building codes, this wouldn’t be such a big issue. And like flooding again fundamentally: GET OUT OF THE WAY. If you don’t want to lose everything to fire, don’t live in a fire terrain.

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  • jimK
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    There are a couple of issues here. First, properties are being build in historically fire prone areas and disaster relief funds are used to re-build properties in these same areas which is incredibly cost-ineffective. Disaster relief funds should be used to support relocation to new housing in less fire prone areas. Secondly, climate change is at at point where it’s impact is accelerating which has been and will continue to shift prevailing winds, storm intensity and precipitation patterns - and will result in more wild fires in more places. The intensity of tropical depressions has been increasing with between 5 to 10 successive new records being set in the last 2 years (sorry, I lost count). Buckle up folks, it will get worse before it gets better.

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  • Christopher
    Voted Maybe
    11/02/2019
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    California is a mess - all foresight projects that would have prevented current scene presented back in the 80's were shit canned by then Governor Jerry Brown and subsequent state governors and political leadership have continued to sabotage any real solutions. Such a misuse and waste of vital resources.

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  • George
    11/02/2019
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    Forests. They occur most often in forests.

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  • B1rd5
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    It’s time to listen to the scientists. The days of hillbilly politics are numbered.

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  • Jonathon
    Voted No
    11/02/2019
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    Rarely in the Eastern United States do you hear of out of control wildfires. Why is that? Oh wait.....controlled burns help. They rarely do that out west, especially in places like California. I’m not saying controlled burns are the one and only answer. Controlled burns are a necessary component of a multilateral approach to preventing wildfires from destroying tens or hundreds of thousands of acres. California, sadly, is more concerned about hiring “green” tree trimming companies, or making sure that any company is culturally, LGBTQ+, racially, or ethnically diverse, rather than face the problems head on. I give zero cares to the makeup of a crew that is out clearing the power lines of overgrown trees bushes or limbs. Combating wildfires is, and should be, a state responsibility. States are all about State Sovereignty until they face a problem like consistent out of control wild fires due to their own mismanagement and negligence, and then come crawling and scraping, begging the federal government to come in and help.....yet complain about everything the federal government does. No. It’s your mess. YOU FIX IT YOURSELF.

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  • Kay
    11/04/2019
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    Let's focus on preserving as much primitive land as possible. Not so much for the homeowners who made the choice to live there but to protect Mother Nature.

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  • Hall
    Voted Maybe
    11/02/2019
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    They occure everywhere in area where there's loads of fuel on the ground. Yes, they do occure in populated areas like California but the main difference is California is an Enviro-Nazi controlled State where the enviro's and singla party democrat state restricts the cutting of trees (got rid of loggers) and regulates vegetation which produces the maximum fuel load throughout the state. Not to mention the homeless camping and starting fires.

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  • larubia
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    The are many studies linking climate change to the increase in number & intensity of wild fires. Congress needs to listen to what 99% of the scientists & take action, since our President won’t.

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  • Ian
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    The problem is the human-wild land interface. Too many people are building directly adjacent from heavily wooded areas. There needs to be more emphasis on zoning laws. Also, many do not realize that terror groups have found such areas to be easy targets. A simple fire intentionally set in a remote area is relatively easy to do. The result is a huge drain on government resources, damage to homes, destruction of wildlife, and in some instances, death. We must learn to better plan for, prepare, and mitigate these fires. Leading indicators such as dry seasons, over growth, zoning laws, and technological advances in wild land fire fighting will help to reduce the effects of such incidents.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    Yes! Address climate change.

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  • JTJ
    Voted No
    11/02/2019
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    No this is not a job of the federal government. States need to manage their own land.

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  • Rebekah
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    We need the Green New Deal to fight climate change and boost the economy!

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  • Kathi13
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    Climate change and profit-taking by power companies must be held accountable.

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  • Dara
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    Try climate prevention and the Paris Climate Accords.

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  • Calvin
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    Absolutely, the federal government lack of action on climate change is appalling. Droughts and sea level rise will impact millions of Americans.

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  • AFGE1867
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    More needs to be done to combat climate change

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  • Priscilla
    Voted Yes
    11/03/2019
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    What jimK said “There are a couple of issues here. First, properties are being build in historically fire prone areas and disaster relief funds are used to re-build properties in these same areas which is incredibly cost-ineffective. Disaster relief funds should be used to support relocation to new housing in less fire prone areas. Secondly, climate change is at at point where it’s impact is accelerating which has been and will continue to shift prevailing winds, storm intensity and precipitation patterns - and will result in more wild fires in more places. The intensity of tropical depressions has been increasing with between 5 to 10 successive new records being set in the last 2 years (sorry, I lost count). Buckle up folks, it will get worse before it gets better.”

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    11/02/2019
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    Wildfires threaten federal land. There are national parks, national forests, etc. that make up large part of western states. We do not want to see those looking like a desert of burnt trees.

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  • davidf
    Voted Yes
    11/03/2019
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    Weather patterns are changing as a result of climate change. We’re seeing the consequences of this with some areas experiencing more drought, less rain and other forms of precipitation, higher winds, stronger and more frequent storms. What is happening in California is not unique. Weather patterns and their effects all over the world are affected. In this country states alone cannot mitigate these changes. Federal-State partnerships are necessary.

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  • Jim
    Voted No
    11/02/2019
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    You really expect congress to do somerhing about it? God, you people are stupid!

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Yes
    11/03/2019
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    There are many things going on here Houses are being built in forested fire prone areas & People use disaster relief funds to build back in the same location. That needs to be changed. How ridiculous is That & so cost ineffective. Relocation & construction in another spot should be the rules. Climate change, do NOT understand how people can deny the changes, is impacting & accelerating High winds, Storm intensity & precipitation patterns, causing normal yearly rainfall amounts to vary wildly which causes more wild fires where there used to be wet land. Tropical storms have intensified to the point the strength of the depressions has had to be increased. There are More & more dangerous storms in the interior of the country so the strength of tornadoes has been increased also & there is not a method now of indicating where these storms will be Tornado alley has shifted. All storm related problems has increased so that between 5 to 10 new records ars being set in the last few Years. This is not going to get better until we start working together to clean up the environment & figure out how to change it. Hope we live to see it fixed.

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