As wildfire risk grows in the West, so does home building

Dean Fox snapped a photo of his home before it was consumed Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, by the Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day.
Dean Fox snapped a photo of his home before it was consumed Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, by the Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day.

By Chris Kirkham | The Wall Street Journal

Along a scrubby mountain range on the northern rim of Los Angeles, a developer is planning to build a 188-unit luxury community in one of the state’s highest-risk wildfire zones.

In the hills of San Diego County, 150 miles to the south, builders are planning a project featuring more than 1,800 homes, 20,000 square feet of commercial space and a hotel on land scorched during one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in California’s history, in 2003.

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