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How Will Wildfire Danger Affect New Homes In North County Backcountry?

A firefighters looks out from inside a burned down property in Idyllwild, Cal...

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Above: A firefighters looks out from inside a burned down property in Idyllwild, Calif., Thursday, July 26, 2018.

How Will Wildfire Danger Affect New North County Homes?


Tony Mecham, chief, Cal Fire


Times have changed, Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham said.

During the 2007 Witch Fire in North County, a half-million San Diegans were evacuated. The addition of new housing developments in Harmony Grove could make things even worse, but Mecham doesn't think so.

Related: Supervisors Approve Hundreds Of New Homes In North San Diego County

He has expressed confidence that the area could be evacuated, even with just one road, Country Club Road, in and out, or that residents in new developments would be able to shelter in place.

Mecham joins KPBS Midday Edition to talk about wildfires and how improvements in the way new housing developments are built will allow sheltering in place to become more common.


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