Why talk about wildfires when much of the country is still reeling from the consequences of winter’s arctic blasts?
Because it’s a “wicked problem,” and is almost impossible to discuss in the midst of summer’s raging fires.
“Wicked problems” are defined as cultural or social problems that are difficult to solve for as many as four reasons: the significant economic burden, incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other issues.
Wildfires touch on all four of those reasons – all of which were highlighted during and after the Camp fire destroyed most of Paradise, California, as the Trump administration and California politicians traded insults in the media.
Is there a solution? Yes, but it takes work to find common ground, so it’s best to start the conversation before we’re facing eminent danger and short timelines.