Fire fighting pros call it the “Urban wilderness interface,” but for us Idaho folk, it boils down to “the foothills or the Boise Front.”
In California similar properties are called ASH.
Apart from the devastation in Ventura county and the terrible tragedy faced by so many people, there is an object lesson for those of us living in the Treasure Valley: despite the spectacular views and proximity to the wildlife, DON’T BUILD IN THE FOOTHILLS.
Recent fires in California serve as an anti-growth example of foolhardy development opposed by level headed Idaho growthophobes.
Local governments in Boise, Eagle, and Ada County are all faced with approving requests for developments subject to wildfire. Houses along Bogus Basin road create an unfair financial burden on both the Boise Fire Department and the citizens who fund that department.
BFD contracts with the North Ada Fire District to provide fire protection all the way to the county line. Every alarm is answered by a disproportionate number of apparatus and fire fighters due to the lack of water. Running up and down hills at break neck speed is tough on the rigs as well as the personnel. Every lightning storm and errant firework is cause for concern.
Avimor off highway 55 and the M3 development north of Eagle create similar dangers. Commishes and Councilors owe it to all of us to curtail their headlong dash to outgrow each other. They stoke the flames of growthophobes who oppose growth for the sake of growth.
We have seen McMansions beginning to slide down the east Boise slopes, its only a matter of time until we copy Cali and burn the beautiful Idaho hillside structures.
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