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Fireproof shelters, strict zoning rules and buyouts: Bold ideas to prevent another deadly California fire

LOS ANGELES - Over the years, California has told homeowners to clear brush around houses, required builders to use fire-resistant materials and ordered them to provide easy access to new developments.

But that didn't prevent the deaths of 43 people in last year's wine country fire siege. It didn't prevent the destruction of more than 1,400 structures in the Woolsey fire. It didn't prevent the Camp fire from wiping the town of Paradise off the map in the worst wildfire disaster in state history.

It's time, some say, for California to move beyond the

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