2007 San Diego fire urban wildland fire interface article and report

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USA Today Article: Report: San Diego failing at fire safety
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/2008-02-19-sandiego-fire_N.htm

HIGHLIGHT:
The city and county of San Diego, still recovering from deadly wildfires in 2007, have failed to provide adequate fire protection and remain vulnerable to massive damage in the future, according to a report being released Tuesday.
REPORT AT http://www.sdfiresafety.org/SDRFSF_Media_Kit.pdf

HIGHLIGHT: 3. Land Use/Fuel Management
Solution
The vulnerability of a home during a wildland fire
depends on three basic variables: location, building
design, and defensible space. Fire exploits the
weakest link. If any one of these variables is not
properly addressed, the chances a home will burn
during a wildland fire increases dramatically.

How to reduce fire risk is not a one-answer question.
It is critical to address all three variables of the fire-risk
reduction triad: location, design, and defensible space.
Nothing really new just succiently stated.

Other issues of interest to planners in the report include:
#9: Evacuation
 
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Just out: A "case study" of the 2007 San Diego wildfires for determining "effective urban fringe planning" in wildfire-prone areas:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/sddt/20080823/lo_sddt/effectiveurbanfringeplanningacasestudyofthe2007san
^^This link is now broken. A working link:
http://www.sheppardmullin.com/assets/attachments/591.pdf


Off-topic:
A group of San Diego County residents, saying they were misled by insurance companies into believing they had enough coverage, are urging California's state insurance commissioner to take action:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-underinsure23-2008oct23,0,3350475.story?track=rss

Highlights:
The commissioner must take enforcement action against companies, agents and brokers if investigations find they did not honor commitments to pay for reconstruction costs, the group [of residents] said. It also wants the commissioner to hold hearings, conduct legal investigations and back legislation in Sacramento to deal with what it contends is a widespread problem of underinsurance of homes in fire-prone areas.
The [state] commissioner promised to hold public hearings to gather information to draft proposed legislation next year that would "help address the broader underinsurance problems that emerge every time there is a natural disaster.
 
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