National Geographic has an article on fighting fire with fire the way the indigenous tribes had done it, by controlled means. That may be key to putting a stop to California's wildfires. The tribes have fire-lighting brigades to carefully set fires in order to manage the forest as their ancestors did. Did you notice they are fire lighters rather than fighters?
"Fire was a tool to be used for the common good rather than a disease to be eliminated" (National Geographic).Last year, the Guardian had a similar article on controlled burning the way indigenous people did. These two articles explain the many reasons for burning the undergrowth.