Listen: Californias housing prices drive development in high-risk fire zones
"In many California cities. Housing is is prohibitively. Expensive at our urban areas are so expensive that people working in those jobs centers are being pushed further and further out. Kate Gordon is director of the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research. She says as the cost of city living increase more houses have been built in outlying areas of the state they're often near forests grasslands grasslands or other natural areas so there are at higher risk of burning when wildfire spread. What we call the wildland urban interface. Which is high fire? Risk areas of the state are getting more and more populated in part because of people commuting really long distances so Gordon says that as climate change increases the threat thread of intense wildfires. It's important to address urban sprawl last year. California allocated half a billion dollars to encourage high density residential construction action in areas. The money will go toward building. Sidewalks bus stops parks and other amenities that support said he living. She says by prioritizing housing affordable urban housing the state can help reduce further sprawl into fire prone areas that would shorten commute times and it could save lives"