Read these two opinions about building houses in wildfire areas then tell us your reaction in the comments.
“People should never be allowed to build in places that are in danger of wildfires. Too many people die, including firefighters. The taxpayers have to pay for a large firefighting department. When the houses are destroyed, the insurance companies have to pay. Why build there when you know it will be destroyed eventually? After the fires here last year, the police, fire department, scientists and survivors all recommended the government to discourage people from rebuilding homes in the area.”
Kay S., Melbourne
“If you say we can’t build in the forests, then next it will be that you can’t build near the beach because of tsunamis… or in Oklahoma because of tornados… or maybe everyone will have to leave Japan because of the earthquakes! Don’t be silly, be smart. There are many ways to prevent disaster through forest management and fire prevention.”
Mel G., Strath Lake