Fox News, totem animal of our fox-in-the-hen-house-administration, has an article about how trees are the cause of forest fires:
While there is something to discuss in the actual wisdom of thinning forests, that wasn't what Bush's legislation was truly for. It is mostly for enriching logging companies.
Wild fires are a natural phenomenon and are part of the lifecycle of forests. Suburban sprawl, however, puts people and their houses in harm's way. I haven't been following the fires closely, since I live on the East coast and have a small daughter who can mess up the house faster than I can pick things up. But it seems likely to me that the growth of sprawl has fueled the flames as much as dried dead trees. Yet, as far as I know, there as been no outcry from Fox to limit sprawl in response to the wildfires.