Death of 19 firefighters in Arizona begs the question: Why do we keep putting out forest fires in the first place?
by Mike Adams
Monday, July 01, 2013
Long before humans ever arrived on the scene, forest fires burned themselves out naturally. The forests re-grew and the cycle repeated: fire and rebirth, fire and rebirth. Over and over again for millions of years.
This was never a problem until humans came along and decided to build expensive homes and commercial buildings in forested areas that eventually catch on fire. These “fire zones” would, of course, burn up sooner or later, but people wanted to live there, so they bought fire insurance and built their homes anyway.
The inevitable cycle of fire eventually arrived. Forests catch on fire from lightning or some other cause, but the only reason the fire spreads is because the forests are full of fuel in the form of fallen branches, shrubs and other combustible material. So the fires burn fiercely, as they have always done throughout the history of the planet, “cleaning out” the underbrush and giving many plants and trees a fresh start.
But this is not acceptable to the people who built their homes in the fire zones. They scream, “Put out those fires! I’ve got to protect my home!” It’s not an unreasonable reaction in the immediate term.
So they send other people’s sons and daughters — smoke jumpers and firefighters — into the jaws of death to battle the blaze and try to extinguish it. As you might guess, sooner or later some of these firefighters end up being killed by the fires.
19 firefighters dead in Arizona