Wildfire Prevention Strategy Poem
WHAT IF MATTERS
The west is in flames
It’s hotter than ever
Trees dying in record numbers
Smoke and ash spreading afar
Filling the air with carbon dioxide
Making things even worse.
Homes are burning
Memories, lives, communities, lost
Animals both domestic and wild burnt and dying
Heavy metals, asbestos, PVC’s
Poisoning the soil and air.
Firefighters are giving their all
In 100 degree heat
Exhausted and overwhelmed
But what they can do has limits
As they must decide what can be saved.
Wildfire is blowin’ in the wind
And no one can control the wind
Urgent evacuation may be the only answer
Even without being ordered
As power lines go down
And cell phones go dead.
But what if . . .
What if there were a way
To better protect our homes,
Our treasures man made and God made
Our lives and the lives of animals
There is a way . . .
If only the property owners, the homeowners
Stepped up to the plate
And took responsibility for their home ignition zone
Which they own
And made it as fire safe as they can reasonably do.
This is much cheaper than fire insurance
Which doesn’t begin to cover the loss of one’s home
Or loss of time, community
And treasured possessions.
This doesn’t require state or local funding
Nor is it the responsibility of others
But the homeowner hasn’t a clue what to do
Before a wildfire threatens
And all he can do is
Run for his life.
If only . . .
If only homeowner’s stepped up to the plate
And learned how to protect their homes
If only their neighbors did so too
Denying the wildfire
The fuel it needs
If only this were to happen throughout the west
And every state of the union for that matter
As they all experience wildfires.
If only this were to happen
We could make a difference
As firefighter resources could be
Better shared and more effective
Strategically dispersed at greater distances.
This is a solvable problem . . .
If only homeowners stepped up to the plate
Together they could hit a home run.
Ember defense matters