During the 1940s, clever humans came up with the idea that we can stop forest fires by putting a bear in trousers.
Fire is a normal and essential part of the pine forest cycle. Without regular fires, the forest gets overgrown with thin, unhealthy trees that are susceptible to disease and insects. Most forest fires used to burn primarily along the ground, but now they frequently burn up into the crowns of the trees – because there is so much fuel on the ground and the fires burn very hot.
The combination of fire suppression and clever people building houses right next to stands of trees waiting to burn, now costs taxpayers huge amounts of money. Instead of blaming decades of human interference with the fire cycle and the stupidity of home owners, they blame climate change. A key factor in the belief in catastrophic global warming is a total lack of understanding about how nature works.