Dave Angelini said:
Thank-you Mike. The press makes it sound like this is new and unusual. It has been a nasty bout, but one of the main reasons for these fires is people who move into these rural places and expect the fire people to be able to protect them. The fire guys & gals get caught doing structure protection and often can't fight the fires. In the old days there were very few houses away from the big cities.
March 26 (Reuters) - More Americans are living in cities now than a decade ago, according to U.S. Census data released on Monday.
The most urban state is California - one that dominates the popular imagination as a land of empty deserts, open beaches and thick redwood forests - the Census numbers showed.
In 2010, a total of 80.7 percent of Americans lived in urban areas, up from 79 percent in 2000.
Conversely, 19.3 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas in 2010, down from 21 percent in 2000.
At the same time, the population of urban areas grew by 12.1 percent, much faster than the country’s growth rate of 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010.
In Australia the fire fighters only try to save or prevent assets from burning-most of the Australian bush and trees recover from fires in a couple of years but the animals suffer.