Volker Radeloff, who studies the wildland-urban interface at the University of Wisconsin, said building into areas with a high likelihood of brush fire is a pattern that has been seen “all over California” and other parts of the US.
In California, lawmakers have enacted regulations to help make at-risk communities safer, including requiring homeowners to clear brush around their homes and banning the use certain highly flammable building materials. 5145228215768″> Mario Tama / Getty Images
A person bicycles as a section of the Thomas Fire burns in La Conchita, California, Thursday. “