Right now, on the federal level, wildfire spending is very different from spending on natural disasters like tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
Jewell said the money usually reserved for wildfire prevention is often used to fight fires. She added that prevention is the key towards fighting future fires.
"The more visibility we can bring to this and the more citizens know about it, the more they can be a part of the solution and they are a critical part of the solution," she said.
Peters said the solution is fixing the way the federal government looks at wildfires.
"Right now, we spend prevention money to fight fires instead of funding the firefighting, and then spending the prevention money to prevent tomorrow's fires and saving money down the line," Peters said.
San Diego County and the federal government dipped into money earmarked for preventing fires to fight the fires in 2003, 2007 and 2014.
Jewell said that has to stop.
"So if we don't get on the prevention stuff, we're going to spend a lot more money on prevention and a lot more lives are going to be disrupted and lives lost," said Jewell.