California needs to rethink urban fire risk, starting with where it builds houses

 

Urban fires

California needs to rethink urban fire risk, starting with where it builds houses

By Max Moritz, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Wildland Fire, University of California, Santa Barbara. This fire season has been particularly damaging to urban areas. AP Photo/Reed Saxon Wildfires raging across southern California are causing evacuations of many communities and have destroyed hundreds of structures this month. These fires follow the wind-driven Tubbs fire earlier this fall that…

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