Here’s the deal: The Forest Service is not only one of America’s largest public land managers, it’s also America’s largest fire department. Smokey Bear has been extra busy lately. In recent decades, the difficulty and costs of wildland firefighting have skyrocketed, driven by several factors. One, more and more people are building homes in the “rural/wildland interface,” which makes firefighting more expensive and dangerous. Second, decades of fire suppression have left some forests overloaded with flammable brush and trees. Third, our summers are trending hotter and drier, resulting in bigger and more destructive wildfires.