California Fire Chief: Consider Ending Development in Fire Prone Areas

When will California listen to the experts and stop building in fire prone areas? Not today.
December 13, 2018, 1pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Don Thompson reports for the Associated Press in the wake of a devastating year of wildfires in the state of California.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott is leaving his job after 30 years with the state fire agency and is making some fairly bold statements on the way out," according to Thompson. Pimlott told the Associated Press that the state's residents and political leadership must rethink its approach to development in fire-prone areas: both in the thick forests of Northern California and the chaparral environments of Southern California.

Pimlott's words fell on deaf ears in Los Angeles County, however, as the County Board of Supervisors this week approved 19,000 homes for development in Tejon Ranch, in a fire-prone area on the edge of the county's border with Kern County. Nina Agrawal provides news coverage of that approval.

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Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in Associated Press via KCRA
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