California Wildfires “Mostly Contained”, Disaster Aid Granted. Other States Fighting Uncontained Fires.

California shows progress in wildfires while Colorado battles its largest ever. Critics debate the causes and politics of wildfires and how to prevent them in the future.


California officials are reporting the state’s wildfires are mostly contained, but asked residents to remain vigilant.

This year, 4.1 million acres in the Golden State have burned, with a single fire-the August Complex Fire-accounting for 1 million acres.


reporting from the left side of the aisle




  • Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center, a conservative think tank dedicated to “free-market solutions”, argues bad forest management practices are the cause of more intense wildfires rather than climate change.
  • Tony Francois of Pacific Legal Foundation suggests that whatever the causes, local and state governments can sue their federal counterparts to bypass the bureaucracy he claims is partly responsible for inaction and force them to confront the lack of responsible federal forest management.
  • Susan Crabtree of RealClearPolitics writes in a piece republished by The Federalist that a lackadaisical approach to holding Pacific Gas & Electric accountable by California politicians contributes to the intensifying annual fires the state faces. An investigation last year by the Wall Street Journal found the utility company responsible for more than 1,500 fires between 2014 and 2017.


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