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by Kit Veerkamp
on May 5, 2020 at 7:47 AM
While I thin the idea of clustering homes is a great idea for new communities, what strategies are there for existing communities, particularly in non-agricultural areas which constitute the majority of high-fire danger areas in California? This approach certainly wouldn’t be fitting for Paradise!
Reply by Pamela Kan-Rice
on May 5, 2020 at 2:53 PM
Max Moritz wrote:  
Good point: It's true that there are fewer options for existing communities. For those already living in fire-prone areas, reducing risk may be more about retrofitting.  
That said, there are several RRMs which are not related to clustered development, and these other RRMs can provide some guidance for this type of retrofitting (e.g., augmenting water supplies, reducing potential power line ignitions). Identifying buffering lands (e.g., via irrigated green space) within and around communities, as well as designing refuges of last resort, are other RRMs that can be implemented for existing communities. Several of the RRMs will hopefully be useful as communities rebuild after fires, too.
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