The Washington Post published an article on February 2nd recounting the scathing report from the GAO in regards to FEMA's response in the aftermath of Katrina (Administration Faulted on Katrina). The report laid the blame for the disastrous response squarely at the feet of the federal government, the same folks responsible for safeguarding the US in case of other disasters, like wildfires.
The report went further than just the Katrina response, however, pointing out that little had been done to rectify the shortcomings that caused so many problems for so many people (and continue to do so even to this day). The same flawed chain-of-command (or lack thereof) still exists. The wildfire season is already here, as witnessed by persistent wildfires in the Midwest. Arizona has 25 million dead Ponderosa pine trees that are a disaster waiting to happen, with Phoenix suffering through 100 days without any rain. Saying that Arizona is dry is like saying the Pacific Ocean is moist - it's a tinderbox!
So the question is: Do you want the same federal management of massive wildfires in the west that we had with the aftermath of Katrina? I know what my answer would be. What about yours? Let me know at email@example.com.