Professionals are now moving to decrease the size of grass lands by protectively burning the land.
Brush fires are becoming a widespread issue across the U.S. and many professionals are trying to find ways to reduce them as much as possible such as decreasing the size of grass and push for support from the Government. According to Kathiann M. Kowalski, from the support ecosystem group American Forests she states that “A group of 160 conservation, recreation, forestry and other groups, including American Forests, continue to fight for the successful passage of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. This act ensures funding for both wildfire first responders and for land managers, creating an emergency funding process for fire response that mirrors the funding process FEMA depends on to respond to other natural disasters. This process works to reduce the amount of emergency firefighting funds being borrowed from other important Forest Service programs.” American Forests and many other forest groups were struggling to supply enough funds to put out many of these brush fires occurring in the U.S. and caused them to push for Wildfire Disaster Funding Act that eventually got accepted by congress on January 6th, 2015. This act helped many forest support groups take out fires along with the support of the state and helps these forest groups raise funds for other important things like advanced equipment and technology. According to Christopher Joyce, reporter of the Weekend Edition Sunday, he states that “Johnson is a former smokejumper with more than 100 jumps in his career. He says fighting fire with fire — literally — makes sense, even if it may not seem logical to some. "It's hard to convince people it's a good thing," he says. "They've seen too many homes go up [in flames] on the news. And it's hard to get the message across that this has been going on for thousands and thousands of years. It's not easy to bring fire back in a landscape with people and livestock and homes in it. But the alternative, says Korb, is worse. "When we light fires, we can choose the conditions that the fires are burning under," he says. That makes them easier to control. Without the kind of thinning and burning that crews like this do, the backcountry forests of the West get overgrown to the point where natural fires become unstoppable. The U.S. Forest Service says it needs to thin or do prescribed burns in more than 200 million acres of Forest Service land; so far they only have money to do 3 million acres a year.” Some people believe that we must decrease the size of grass in an area so fires can be less destructive and decrease the amount of acres being burned. This would help save the amount of land in the U.S. and lower the costs of economic damages that wildfires cause. Creating intentional fires maybe an issue where individuals are creating unsupervised fires, but if professionals were in control of this technique there would be less accidents occurring and more successful burns lowering the size of grass. Overall, Forest groups have been very supportive on ensuring forests are protected by wildfires by making sure the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act is passed to support wildfire funding and create the technique of burning grassy areas to decrease the size of grass in an area not allowing fire to reach high peaks.
Works Cited page MLA
USDA. “Cost of Fire Operations." US Forest Service,4 August 2015, https://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/2015-Rising-Cost-Wildfire-Operations.pdf
Christopher, Joyce. "Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature." Weekend Edition Sunday, 21 July 2013, http://www.npr.org/2013/07/21/203245958/fighting-fire-with-fire-why-some-burns-are-good-for-nature?scrlybrkr=a1365af5
“Evacuations Ordered as 1, 500-Acre Wildfire Erupts Near Silverwood Lake.” EyeWitness News ABC7, 8 August 2016, http://abc7.com/news/evacuations-ordered-as-1500-acre-wildfire-erupts-near-silverwood-lake/1460531/?scrlybrkr=2c0b8ef8
Schouten, Lucy. "Forest Managers Kick Prevention into Early Gear Ahead of Wildfire Season." The Christian Science Monitor, Apr 21 2016, http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0421/Forest-managers-kick-prevention-into-early-gear-ahead-of-wildfire-season?scrlybrkr=c5f9f66c
Narayan, Chandrika. "Southern wildfires burn 80,000 acres across six states - CNN.com." CNN, 14 November 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/us/southern-wildfires/?scrlybrkr=342fbff7
Hardnett, Raishad. "East Tennessee's 2016 Wildfires: A Year of Devastation, Resolve and Selflessness." WBIR, Dec 28 2016, http://www.wbir.com/news/local/east-tennessees-2016-wildfires-a-year-of-devastation-resolve-and-selflessness/377747589?scrlybrkr=371d4f5b
"Various Causes and Effects of Wildfires | Earth Eclipse." Earth Eclipse, 2017, http://www.eartheclipse.com/environment/various-causes-and-effects-of-wildfires.html