Health care and fire suppression costs have increased in real dollars dramatically during the last 30 years.
U.S. per capita health care expenditures have gone up about 7 fold in real dollars (net of inflation).
The graph above shows that federal wildland fire suppression cost per ignition (in real dollars) has increased 4-fold during the same period (source data can be found here).
At the risk of unduly straining the analogy, the real cost increases in both sectors are likely a sign of underlying “unhealthy” conditions. Too much biomass — obesity & overstocked forests — can lead to inflammation. And of affluence. Too much technology to finance end-of-life care and too much expensive end-of-forest air attack.