Don’t build in fire zone
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