For the 2021 fire season, the writing is on the wall. The West, despite a few days of intense winter, is far drier than it was leading up to last year’s record-breaking fires. As a hotshot crew member, the reality of what’s to come fills me with two distinct thoughts: money and dread. Jared Polis and state legislators from both sides of the aisle released a series of bills aimed at wildfire mitigation, not only wildfire suppression. The millions the state spends now on restoring forests and hardening homes pale in comparison to the costs of firefighting and rebuilding homes.