|Mendocino Fire (Photo by Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)|
"Experts also worry that not enough attention is given to all the ways people have made the problem of wildfires worse. Population growth in California means there are more people on the roads — cars are a prime culprit in wildfires — and more homes built in wilderness areas," Tim Arango and Inyoung Kang report for The New York Times.
Stephen Pyne, a fire historian at Arizona State University, told the Times that he worries the public has gotten used to wildfires and won't be willing to talk about how to prevent them: "I’m beginning to think of these like mass shootings. A shooting happens in a grade school and nothing changes."