As far as natural disasters like floods and fire, you could be right.<quoted text> A measure of scale is needed. Not that I don't agree with you. Remember the gulf oil spill? Well the amount of oil spilled is equal to one drop of oil in a bath tub full of water. Just like this fire out west. For the most part they should just let it burn. It has burned before and it will burn again. If people must build in those places they must build in protections or insurance. If neither and something happens then they are on their own. No government handouts. Same with flood plains.
When it comes to man-made disasters of dumping chemicals and nuclear waste in our oceans, the measure of scale isn't big enough.