Honestly, I can't help but be a little bit defensive about this. People like this come in and tell us we're stupid to rebuild where we know another fire is going to happen. But no, I'm sorry, the Tubbs fire WAS unexpected for good reason. It needed to be a perfect storm in order to happen. The dry conditions, the unusually high winds, and the spark. Sure the wind patterns are something that we can look at and learn from and actually communicate to people so they're educated when they purchase property or build neighborhoods, but it was the perfect storm. What we're seeing now is a new pattern of that perfect storm happening more frequently, and that can only be a result of the climate changing. It's foolish to think that that is not a major, if not the leading contributor to this new "normal".
I don't think the answer is bureaucracy getting more involved in telling us what to do, and shaming us when we want to continue to live in our communities we've grown attached to. I don't know what the answer is, but one thing is for sure, we're not going to get anywhere by blaming the victims and threatening to withhold federal funding or tell people they can't rebuild their communities just because there's a risk it might happen again. People are too damn stubborn (myself included).