60 Minutes |May 28, 2017
By Steve Inskeep

Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year including more than half the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fires are growing worse in a time of drought and climate change, and the biggest and most destructive fires can’t be stopped. They are a force of nature: imagine trying to stop a hurricane. Yet the government has to try, because more than a 100 million Americans now live in — or near — forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames.

Robert Bonnie: Fire has always been part of the landscape. It will always be part of the landscape.

Robert Bonnie was under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration.  For three-and-a-half years, he oversaw the Forest Service – the country’s largest firefighting agency. …