By Christopher Martin, Connecticut State Forester and Chair of the Forest Science & Health Committee
In 2014, wildfires consumed 3,595,613 US acres at a taxpayer cost of $1,522,149,000.
Heat, fuel and oxygen make up the basic recipe to a fire start. Combine record breaking heat and historic drought with millions of acres of beetle-killed standing trees and you have a recipe for conflagration. Remove or reduce one of these ingredients and you greatly decrease the risk of uncontrolled wildfire.