A U.S. Senate hearing yesterday gathered testimony regarding how to control wildfire damage in Wyoming and the rest of the Rocky Mountain region. Dr. Tony Cheng with the Forest Restoration Institute said we need to make mountain real estate more livable with natural conditions.
One of the new ideas being introduced involves treating wildfires similar to floods by creating “fireplanes,” which would be areas of land more prone to fire. Those areas would be managed differently from other areas. Cheng argues fires aren't as easy to predict.
The “fire-plain” research is modeled after a plan originated in Texas.