So there’s this CNN article, here. Apparently, a tractor trailer lost a tire, something which is not preventable, and the sparks started the Carr wildfire. Which has burned an “area larger than Denver” and killed 6 people so far.
What bugs me about this is that this seems to me like blaming the last flake of snow for an avalanche. Or a mine worker dropping a tool and setting off the nitroglycerin.
This forest was rigged to burn. Humans could have built much bigger firebreaks. They could have required every house and dwelling be designed to survive a fire outside. They could abandon the area. Do a controlled burn.
What you can’t do is sit underneath an building avalanche and just tell everyone not to accidentally drop a match or a cigarette butt or any other ignition source.
Is this analysis correct or is there another way to view it? How could this wildfire have realistically been prevented or the damage mitigated?