They build their homes where there is land to build. The law requires them to clear-brush the areas around their homes.
The only real failure here is the government that did not clean up government land. Hence the massive amount of fuel to burn over the cleared areas.
Arnold and his government has again failed and just like four years ago with the cedar fire, after a lot of yelling, government will again take the blame.
There aren't many places on Earth where it is guaranteed to be safe.
I guess it’s like asking those of us in Kansas why do we live and build in Tornado Alley. Odds are pretty good and it’s our home. My nephew lives there because he has a great job and a wife who is from Mexico. They don’t want to live away from her family and he probably couldn’t get the job he has anywhere else.
You are partially right. But these fires have hit areas that have never been hit by wildfires before, including cities like Valencia. Besides which, if you avoided putting a house where there might be fire, floods, mudslides or earthquakes, there’s pretty much nowhere you could build here.
That said, I’d agree that there should be a ban on any more large housing developments in rural/canyon areas in California. There’s a water shortage too, and that’s another reason to stop building.
The winds have died down a bit here, but I’m not looking forward to cleaning up after this. There are trees and branches down everywhere. I’ve been through plenty of Santa Ana’s before, and lots of us are wondering if terrorists aren’t involved because of the number of fires in different locations cropping up at once. It would be a very cost-effective way to mess with us, and it’s predictable every year so I dunno
And then days later, his job consists of flying around declaring states of emergency
Coincidence? Not likely...
Seems like every news story has to make a stop at the “global warming” desk, to see if it can possibly be worked in.
3% humidity isnt normal....and most of these neighborhoods are up to code...
I have a home in San Diego, thankfully away from the fires at this time. But I am extremely concerned about another situation arising in San Diego and specifically Quallcom Stadium.
The place is being overrun by law abiding, well mannered, considerate, polite refugees. I find this apalling and lay the blame for this travesty at the feet of George Bush and what was once called FEMA.
There needs to be a congessional investigation into the complete and total lack of rapes, murders, theft and assaults. Where is CNN, PSMNBC and the rest of the MSM????
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Regular fire and liability insurance is pretty reasonable. Even earthquake protection is reasonable if you compare it to the cost of coverage in hurricane prone areas like Florida. The insurance on my house in north San Diego County is about $850 per year; earthquake coverage would be another $1100 or so. In Florida, similar coverage (if you can even GET insurance) would be $3000-$4000 per year. We've put off buying property in Florida precisely because of the property taxes and house insurance costs.
I refuse to buy into the idea that the view is that spectacular.
While the views ARE that spectacular IMO, it's the weather that is just about perfect. San Diego County has about the best combination of temperature and humidity you'll find anywhere (discounting Santa Ana days, of course).