Daily reminder that removing duff from forests is not only extremely expensive, but still doesn't do anything. The duff is back to pre-burn or pre-clear levels within 5 years. So unless you are constantly removing duff all the time, it won't make a difference.
That, and fire suppression is not a tenable solution regardless, because,
LESS FIRE = MORE TREES
MORE TREES = MORE GROUND LITTER (leaves, twigs, etc.)
MORE GROUND LITTER = MORE FIRE
MORE FIRE = LESS TREES
LESS TREES = LESS GROUND LITTER
LESS GROUND LITTER = LESS FIRE
MORE FIRE = LESS FIRE
Fire is a normal part of the CA landscape. Fire allows trees to establish themselves. Without fire, you see shade tolerant species, like pines, slowly encroach and kill off shade intolerant species, like oaks. The western landscape is changing from plains and oak woodland to huge swathes of mixed conifer forest, because we have been trying to reduce the impact of fire instead of just letting it burn. We keep doing backburns and prescribed burns, which just means you get EXTREMELY dense forests with no plains, pushed right up to population centers.
One thing to realize with fires, is that spotting exists. You can't just contain a fire, because embers and burning branches are carried up into the sky by the hot winds, and then they fall several hundred feet in front of the fire, creating the next front. This is how fires cross rivers and roads, and how plainsfires are able to be contained extremely quickly. 2ft weeds and shrubs don't really spot compared to a 400ft conifer, which will puke burning hell for 5 minutes before the front passes it.
Trees also don't really die from fire, only the younger trees and shrubs, along with the litter and grasses along the floor. The actual flames last on average 2 minutes as the front passes. Bark on mature trees is thick enough to save trees, but saplings, seedlings, and young trees do not have thick enough bark. They either burn, or get boiled. So if you constantly attempt to prevent fire, suddenly you have trees thick enough to survive a burn, and now the ONLY WAY to stop fucking up the ecosystem is logging.
Oh but god fucking forbid you start logging, suddenly everybody comes out of the woodwork.
Well you dumb fucking nigs, if we don't log, the next time a fire happens there wont BE a fucking national park here, it will be barren scorched hell because of how fucking dense it is. I've been in forests where you literally cannot go half a foot before hitting another tree, that shit is not normal. No animals live there because there is no food, because the only plants are conifers. Fire turns into uncontrollable crownfires, which is what you saw in Canada last year, and what you see in California all the time.
Water and wind are what creates fire, and water and wind are what puts fire out. Put some useless firefighter faggot on screen to say
Next day the wind picks up