There are no simple solutions to the 2008 California wildfires, and it is hard to be prepared for the magnitude of this firestorm. Obviously, Bush did not start these fires, but his budget cuts have contributed to how the USFS has been able to resolve the effects of a hundred years of fire suppression. Fire preparedness should be a high budget priority. InGores recent speech, the former Vice President explained it well why we should concerned:
Today, unprecedented fires are burning in California and elsewhere in the American west.
Higher temperatures lead to drier vegetation that makes kindling for mega-fires of the kind that have been raging in Canada, Greece, Russia, China, South America, Australia, and Africa. Scientists in the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science at Tel Aviv University tell us that for every one degree increase in temperature, lightning strikes will go up another 10 percent. And it is lightning, after all, that is principally responsible for igniting the conflagration in California today.
Fire suppression and fire preparedness go hand in hand.