Don’t build in fire zone

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “Crises, from dis­as­ters to hous­ing, high­light need for shared solutions” (Front Page, Sept. 21): In his com­men­tary, John King finds it con­ve­nient to blame the Cal­i­for­nia En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Act for an ar­ray of ills, in­clud­ing fire haz­ard.

Our group’s lit­i­ga­tion against CalFires’ Veg­e­ta­tion Treat­ment Pro­gram (VTP) does not seek to cur­tail pre­scribed burns in conifer forests, but rather to pre­vent over­treat­ment in Cal­i­for­nia shrub­lands, which have suf­fered an ex­cess of fire.

Such over­treat­ment only leads to re­place­ment with flammable weeds. In­deed, CalFire has it­self ad­mit­ted that its VTP is in­ef­fec­tive dur­ing the wind­driven fires in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia that do all the dam­age.

In­stead, we sup­port more strate­gic veg­e­ta­tion treat­ments that do work. The start of a true com­mon sense ap­proach would be to stop ex­pand­ing new hous­ing into the fire zone.

Dan Sil­ver, Los An­ge­les

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