The example of the fire in Boulder Colorado, on December 30, 2021 was a “game changer” because this event caused an ideological shift in management of wildfires. The assigned reading for that day focused on understanding how wild fires have become an enemy instead of an ally and why traditional ways of dealing with them is insufficient and problematic.
The two major protagonists in the story are those who argue for a more natural approach when fighting wildfires and those who argue for a more proactive containment strategy. Those advocating a more natural approach assert that humans should not intervene with naturally occurring processes like wildfire, while those advocating the containment strategies assert that it is necessary to actively fight some fires so they don’t spread out of control. Ultimately, over the past 112 years since this fire occurred, a combination strategy has been adopted wherein proactive measures such as prescribed burning are used alongside reactive measures such as direct suppression when needed.