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Los Angeles-area development on high fire zone for votes

FILE – In this March 26, 2011, file photo, threatening clouds are seen at dawn on Tejon Ranch near Gorman, Calif. A 19,000 home development planned in fire-prone mountains at the edge of Los Angeles County faces a final vote by county supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The decision comes as critics draw attention to the high fire hazard in the environment as the country recovers from a deadly and devastating forest fires in Northern and Southern California and are trying to resolve a major housing crisis. (AP Photo/David McNew, File)

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County supervisors are considering a huge housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from the devastating forest fires.

The regulators are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to approve the 19,000 home Centennial development on Tejon Ranch.

The vote comes as the state faces a serious housing shortage, but also, as recent forest fires to draw attention to the danger of building in the rural area.

The development in the planning for two decades, calls for houses to be built off Interstate 5 in the mountains that separate Los Angeles from the Central Valley in the north.

Developers say they will build houses and neighborhoods to minimize fire hazards.

Opponents cite high fire risks in the area and a recent wildfire that killed at least 85 people in the Paradise area.

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