Unlike fighting a house fire, which involves pouring thousands of gallons of water on the problem, battling a wildfire is more akin to precision high-speed landscaping. There’s no way to apply enough water to put it out entirely, so you deploy manpower to create a firebreak. Surround a fire with an area without any fuel to burn and it should, eventually, go out.Bulldozers can cut a ten-foot wide swath down to the dirt, and 20-man “Hotshot” crews will work in concert to cut out a dirt path around a fire with hoes and chainsaws. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Read more.