The Kyoto Fire Raccoon Dog tells the story well.
The only protection Kyoto temples once had from fire was a few fire buckets. These days, temples are protected by advanced fire systems.
Fire stations are built in the middle of nowhere — just to protect Kyoto's priceless cultural heritage.
Sadly, many of Kyoto's temple fires were deliberate — acts of civil war. Only 70 years ago, Kyoto was also considered as a target for atomic bombs (ahead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Peace is the most important factor in the preservation of culture.