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City Attorney Advocates Mandatory Fire Ordinance

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre says the city should make mandatory new building codes for homes built in high risk wildfire areas. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City Attorney Advocates Mandatory Fire Ordinance

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre says the city should make mandatory new building codes for homes built in high risk wildfire areas. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The state of California wants local governments to declare certain areas “Very high fire hazard zones.”

CalFire, the state's firefighting agency, has drawn up draft maps of these high risk zones.

Aguirre says he thinks San Diego city council should require new development in these zones to use fire resistant building designs and materials.

Aguirre : I think you'd get a lot of voluntary compliance, but there does need to be a mandatory component to it because the idea here is that we are all in this thing together.

Aguirre says existing homes in high risk areas should also be required to retrofit with fire resistant materials.

Such an ordinance would have to be approved by the city council. The council has already set up a new fire committee to consider questions like whether new building codes should be voluntary or mandatory.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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