We asked a professional wildland firefighter what it’s like, and got a Fahrenheit 451 vibe.
5 Ways Wildfire Fighting Is Exactly as Insane as It Sounds

#5. You Literally Fight Fire With Fire
Water does not put out a wildfire. That’s one of the first lessons the Bureau of Land Management taught us. Wildfires aren’t like the house fires you encounter when your perpetually stoned roommate tries to microwave a Pop-Tart still in the foil wrapper. Those fires are measured in feet and yards. Wildfires are measured in tens of acres. There’s not enough water in California to douse one of those. The planes and helicopters you see on the news dropping water or chemicals? As bitchin’ as it sounds, they aren’t trying to kill a fire by bombing it to death. They’re just trying to buy the folks on the ground some time so they can light most of the landscape on fire before the real fire gets there.
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We asked a professional wildland firefighter what it’s like, and got a Fahrenheit 451 vibe.

5 Ways Wildfire Fighting Is Exactly as Insane as It Sounds

#5. You Literally Fight Fire With Fire

Water does not put out a wildfire. That’s one of the first lessons the Bureau of Land Management taught us. Wildfires aren’t like the house fires you encounter when your perpetually stoned roommate tries to microwave a Pop-Tart still in the foil wrapper. Those fires are measured in feet and yards. Wildfires are measured in tens of acres. There’s not enough water in California to douse one of those. The planes and helicopters you see on the news dropping water or chemicals? As bitchin’ as it sounds, they aren’t trying to kill a fire by bombing it to death. They’re just trying to buy the folks on the ground some time so they can light most of the landscape on fire before the real fire gets there.

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