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California governor won’t block building in high-fire areas

Newsom and California lawmakers are looking for ways to guard Californians against the growing threats from wildfires. (Image: Gavin Newsom Facebook page)

Associated Press

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday released a report outlining the challenges of California’s growing wildfire threat that suggested local government “de-emphasize” building in high-risk areas around forests. But he told the AP it was a loose suggestion aimed at starting a debate about how Californians can build smarter and closer to urban centers and economic hubs.