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Sun Jun 16, 2013, 04:31 AM

 

Vows To Rebuild Million Dollar Homes in Burnt Forest

Untold thousands of homes in Colorado's heavily populated Front Range are at risk for fires, said Gregory Simon, an assistant professor of geography who studies urban wildfires at the University of Colorado-Denver. Many are built on windy mountain roads or cul-de-sacs appealing to home buyers seeking privacy but often hampering efforts to stamp out fire. Residents in the outdoor-loving state are also attracted by the ability to hike from their backyards and have horses.

"Unfortunately, these environments give the appearance of being peaceful, tranquil and bucolic and natural. But they believe the reality that they are combustible, volatile and at times dangerous," Simon said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trio-blazes-burn-control-colorado-19386203#.Ub1ysZwmbIA

Isn't it time stop building mega mansions in known danger zones?



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otohara Jun 2013 OP
Pelican Jun 2013 #1
Egalitarian Thug Jun 2013 #2
HereSince1628 Jun 2013 #3
Downwinder Jun 2013 #4
Archae Jun 2013 #5
bike man Jun 2013 #6

Response to otohara (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 06:21 AM

1. As long as they can get their own insurance...

 

I'm not sure there is anywhere in America that is completely out of the danger zone for some sort of disaster.

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Response to Pelican (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:15 AM

2. They probably don't. Insurance companies don't like that kind of environment and when they do sell

 

policies in the exurbs, usually have requirements like 30' fire breaks around the property. So if the owners didn't keep it cleared, they won't pay.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:31 AM

3. I think they could build homes to codes that reduced the fire risk.

And have local ordinances regarding residential set backs/ zones cleared of trees, brush, and duff.

But of course, then you'd have that nasty nanny government involved in your life, watching over you, catching you in your fire risk mistakes.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:34 AM

4. No worse than living in a flood plain.

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:47 AM

5. Many of these people will demand government help...

But yell and scream at Teabagger meetings about "too much government."

(Beautiful example: John Stossel. A storm destroyed his beachfront vacation home, and Mr "Government Is Too Big" got government help to rebuild.)

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:51 AM

6. If they can afford to build them and accept the potential hazards, why not? People build

 

houses where there are mud slides, tornadoes, hurricanes, alongside levees in flood zones.

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