Majority of Californians Favor Restricting Development in Fire-Prone Areas

A new poll shows a majority of Californians have been impacted by wildfires and now favor restricting development in fire-prone areas.

The survey was conducted by Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West. Researchers spoke with 3,000 respondents, including 1,046 California residents.

They gleaned the following from the sample of California respondents:

  • 31% have either experienced a fire in the past year or know someone who has
  • 52% have been affected by smoke from a wildfire
  • 55% want to see more prescriptive burn and fuel rejection requirements for homeowners
  • 60% want to see restricted development in wild-prone areas

The poll was conducted between August 25 and September 6 before the most recent fires in Sonoma, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties.

Read the results here