Is It Time to Stop Building in Areas at High Risk for Fire?

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A firefighter carries a hose as a house burns in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017. (Photo by: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images))

This week’s hot weather and red flag warnings reminded us all that fire season is once again upon us. When homes burn down, fire victims often want to rebuild as quickly as possible. But in light of climate change and more frequent and deadly wildfires, is it time to stop building in areas at high risk for fire? This hour we examine the idea of so-called “managed retreat," backing away from rebuilding in areas prone to destruction.

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Guests:

Molly Peterson, science reporter, KQED News

Dan Efseaff, district manager, Paradise Recreation and Park District

Pete Parkinson, former director, Sonoma County Planning Department; former president, California Chapter of the American Planning Association

Timothy Ingalsbee, executive director, Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology

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