California Officials Approve Fire Zone Development

Housing project to be built in fire-prone area



LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles County supervisors have approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains.

Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the 19,000 home Centennial development at Tejon Ranch.

Supporters touted the project as part of a solution to the state’s severe housing shortage. Opponents said it would destroy pristine lands and present a major fire risk.

The development in the planning stages for two decades calls for homes being built off Interstate 5 in the mountains that separate Los Angeles from the Central Valley to the north.

Developers say they will build neighborhoods to minimize fire hazards.

Opponents cited recent wildfires in rural lands, including the Paradise fire that killed at least 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes.

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