Numerous explanations have been given for the fires in the West, especially California, and proposals offered for how to deal with them. Here are some . . .
Bjørn Lomborg in the New York Post: Most important is “the way we manage forest lands and develop our landscape.”. . .
Randal O’Toole: “We live in a fire zone where roughly 1 percent of the natural landscape is going to burn each year no matter what we do. . . . we need to take responsibility to protect our own property and not rely on the Forest Service or other adjacent landowners to protect us.”. . .
Ron Bailey: Three factors: The western climate since 1950 has been hotter; we’ve had 100 years of forest mismanagement; too many people are living in the woods.