Scientists proposed controlled burning, which would clear away highly flammable material in a controlled situation. In controlled burning, a fire is purposefully set by professional fire fighters and then put out when the desired land is cleared of overgrown brush. This prevents naturally occurring fires from raging out of control before fire fighters can put it out. This method is used regularly by the United States Forest Service and the United States Bureau of Land Management. Controlled burning is planned with extreme care. Professionals take into account wind directions and weather conditions. Fire fighting equipment is used to prevent the fire from getting out of control.
Houses and buildings near areas where fire danger is high are also patrolled by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. They advise home and business owners to get rid of any dry and dead vegetation near building structures. Cooperation of these people reduces the risk of fire hazards.
Setting controlled fires in the California chaparral seems like playing with nature, however it is not. Considering that fire fighters put out natural fires in fear that they will get out of control, controlled fires are set to keep the balance of the chaparral as nature intended, without risking the safety and lives of people.