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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