Thursday, October 25, 2007

Gimme Shelter

As the Southern California wildfires die down, expect to hear more about the need for "shelter-in-place" development. According to the San Diego Union Tribune:
As the Witch Creek fire raced through some of San Diego County's priciest neighborhoods and crept to the edge of others north and east of Rancho Santa Fe, not a single home in the five subdivisions that have implemented the strategy was lost, fire authorities said....

It is a wildfire protection plan that imposes construction and landscaping standards intended to be so stringent – including mandatory interior fire sprinklers and broad swaths of protective landscaping – that homeowners can remain sheltered in their houses if they cannot evacuate.
The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District brochure on sheltering in place has numerous pictures of developments that are utilizing this concept.

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