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Board of Supervisors Votes to Manage Brush More Aggressively

San Diego County Supervisors voted today to support more aggressive brush management policies to protect against wildfires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Manage Brush More Aggressively

San Diego County Supervisors voted today to support more aggressive brush management policies to protect against wildfires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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County Supervisors voted to support a State bill to proposes to increase defensible space around homes from 100 feet to 300 feet.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob says current laws leave in doubt how much land a property owner can clear of vegetation.

Jacob : A person can clear as much as they'd like to, but we need to reinforce this with state legislation where it's not clear.

David Hogan is conservation manager with the Center for Biological Diversity in San Diego. He says clearing more than 100 feet around a home wont help when fires can jump freeways. And he says, it damages habitat.

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Hogan : It hurts wildlife and does tremendous harm to watersheds.

Hogan favors legislation to put power lines underground and require homes to be built of fire resistant materials.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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