Running out of time

Wildfires and Our imperiled forests

Wildfires are not just a natural disaster, they are a symptom of a larger problem

The book Running Out of Time – Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests describes an opportunity to make wildfires primarily isolated events rather than annual health, economic, and environmental disasters. We know it is impossible to completely control Mother Nature when a combination of extremely high winds, human behavior, or lightning ignites a forest containing dense underbrush. Instead, we can and must change the way we are fighting wildfires that results in the annual loss of life, residences, property, watersheds, and wildlife described throughout the book.


The authors of the book  Running Out of Time: Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests, David L. Auchterlonie and Jeffrey A. Lehman of Crowbar Research Insights, LLC have more than 110 years of combined experience that include working in both the private and public sectors. But experience alone is not what motivated them to write this book. This project comes from their passion and thirst for knowledge about and solutions to complex problems that have a long-standing, long-term devastating impact on so many individuals and society.

Ten years in the making, the authors highlight the policies, practices, and management by the federal agencies responsible for the nation’s forests. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of America’s forests, the causes of wildfires, and the devastating impact they have on our environment and communities. It also offers practical solutions to prevent and mitigate wildfires, including forest management, community preparedness, and policy changes.

“Wildfires are not just a natural disaster, they are a symptom of a larger problem,” said co-author David Auchterlonie of California. “Our forests are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, invasive species, and poor management practices. We need to take immediate action to protect our forests and the communities that depend on them.”

Running Out of Time: Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of America’s forests. The book will be available for purchase at all major retailers.  Stay informed on the book release by subscribing HERE.


There is no more “fire season”

The new norm

There is no more fire season, it has become a continuing annual series of catastrophic fire events that are having devastating effects on our national forests, timberlands, our national parks and the health of our fellow citizens! The economics of these wildfires have debilitating effects on the nation as well.

Management Practices and Fixes

The book focuses on wildfires and the historical as well as current management practices and potential and actual real vulnerabilities of the systems employed to fight the worsening and more destructive nature of forest fires across the United States. There is a component of the Running Out of Time – Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests that discusses observations of the management and practices of international governments plagued with wildfires and their costly destruction of critical national assets.

The initial focus was to provide statistical, historical and current data with case histories for investigative reporters charged with providing media coverage of our nation’s forest fires. We believe it is now a bigger story that effects 70% of the U.S. population.

Unusual for a work such as this, there is a unique separate chapter devoted to recommendations, easily implemented, to start fixing the broken systems now in use!  A revolutionary public private partnership model describes how funding could be secured for both forest management and wildfire suppression.

Why Read this Book?

Of all the earth’s natural disasters, a wildfire is the only catastrophe that is controllable and, in many cases, predictable. Costing as much as $300 billion and thousands of lives each year, wildfires are fueled by human behavior, environmental factors and in many cases the constraints of governmental agencies. Running Out of Time – Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests is the culmination of more than ten years of extensive research, expert interviews, and personal experience. It focuses on the policies, and practices of the federal agencies responsible for the nation’s forest management.

Running Out of Time – Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests reveals dangerous vulnerabilities in current wildfire suppression systems and forest management practices and provides solutions that can save lives, land, property, and the environment.

What you will learn:

  •  Statistical, historical, and current data about the devastating damages wildfires cause to the environment, property, health, and human life
  • A comprehensive exploration of wildfire suppression and forest management, including the agencies responsible, the costs involved, the assets utilized, and the practices employed
  • Case studies that highlight numerous shortcomings in federal agency practice and the government’s track record of failure and lack of commitment to address a largely fixable natural disaster
  • A blueprint for system reform in the form of a partnership that would fund the significant costs needed to restore our neglected forests; reduce the number and veracity of wildfires; lower the volume of toxic, carcinogenic smoke caused by wildfires; and improve the health of our population and forests.

Time for Fixes!

Put the Fires Out First

Almost every state adopts “put the fire out first” practices. In contrast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS) practices on federal lands—particularly in the western, most fire-prone states—inexplicitly vary.


Alert the Powers

The House Agriculture Committee and Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and their staffs are responsible as critics, accountable for funding the various agencies protecting our forests and fighting wildfires.​


Wildfires produce about 10 percent of global GHGs every year. Our analysis illustrates that in 2020, wildfires emitted almost 200 million metric tons of CO2 from U.S. wildfires, about five percent of the annual total of emitted United States’ GHGs.


Public Private Partnerships are a viable solution. Our view of America’s forest management takes a holistic perspective and suggests a balanced approach to forest management



Book cover photo by (AP) Noah Berger

One responsible Department

We resurrect past proposals to consolidate the various agencies involved with protecting our natural resources into one department, called the Department of Natural Resources. It makes no sense to have the FS as an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should not report to the Department of Commerce.


Loss of life and property damages in the past 20 years directly correlates to encroachment into the WUI. Population growth, demographics, higher living standards, and flight from urban centers all contribute to home building in higher-risk wildfire areas.


Astounding volumes of accumulated data exist from many decades of statistics collected by the forest and wildfire agencies. They include information about wildfires, forest inventories, assets utilized, personnel deployed, and costs incurred. Developing internal expertise to analyze these substantial data repositories is a best practice when managing large organizations.

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Forest Protection Zones (FPZs) represent an opportunity for effective development and implementation of forest management and wildfire suppression practices.