We’ve seen this same issue in Orange County. “A new University of California study … [found] that housing and human infrastructure in fire-prone wilderness areas are the main drivers of fire ignitions and structure loss.” And interestingly our Fire Study found the same results of adding people into the wildlands “Putting houses in the heart of fire country doesn’t just put people in harm’s way. It also increases the risk of fires starting. Studies have found that 97 percent of wildfires in Southern California’s Mediterranean landscapes are ignited by human sources like power lines and equipment sparks.” (Photo of Freeway Complex Fire 2008)
View the Voice of San Diego article.