Graphic: California wildfires

By Reuters Staff
September 1, 2009

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Having had experience in the design of fire suppression systems I would say it is time we changed the way we respond to large fires and how we put them out. Dealing with large fires is going to take large thinking and large planning, both of which are absent at the federal, state, and local levels. The response to large forest and brush fires has been akin to poking the elephant with a needle and then when the elephant on its own accord we pat ourselves on the back. Put some government money up and let’s have some proposals with an open bidding to get some new ideas. It can be done.

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