Housing crisis draws development in fire prone areas

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The housing crisis is forcing elected officials to consider developments in or near fire prone areas.

These projects have drawn organized opposition and lawsuits from locals saying it’s too dangerous to build housing next to open space, or in a burn zone.

Elected officials, to their credit, got together to form a consensus on how to prevent these types of fires in the future. According to county supervisor Dianne Jacob, the answer is better vegetation management and more controlled burns.

There are 13 thousand housing units in the county’s pipeline and some are in fire prone areas. Three developments have been approved; the Newland Sierra project, Harmony Grove South, and the Valiano project, about 3000 homes collectively in a fire prone areas off I-15 west of Escondido.

Lawsuits have already been filed and more are promised by locals who fear wildfires.

Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires