These Fire Fighters are spraying water to knock down the ability for this fire to start up again. Problem with using lots of water on burned out homes during wild fires is its takes a long time and creates radical toxic run offs in our environments. Fires like the one that razed Paradise in November burn thousands of pounds of wiring, plastic pipes and building materials, leaving dangerous chemicals in the air, soil and water. Lead paint, burned asbestos and even melted refrigerators from tens of thousands of households only add to the danger, public health experts say.
Mapping wild land fire areas is a good start, now we need to add the defense, like it's a war in which the enemy is going to attack every year. If it was our military, we would have the defense systems and equipment in place ready to defend and protect before it destroys our communities. We can no longer expect that we can react fast enough with manual labor. We need to learn from what happened in the Woolsey fire, when we did not have enough labor to stop that fire from jumping the 101 freeway to take out Malibu. This charring got way too close to those communities, and it no longer has to happen. Although Cal Fire publishes its own wildland-urban interface map, it does not carry any legal consequences.