Rancho Cucamonga

Political Firestorm Flares Up Over Rancho Cucamonga Development

March 15, 2010
Covered by chaparral and dry brush, the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are at a perennial risk of wildfire. And when the seasonal Santa Ana winds sweep through, they bring Apocalyptic storms of fire and ash that rain down on, and sometimes consume, the communities that press up against these slopes.

Into that path comes a proposal the by G. Miller Development Company to build 110 luxury homes on 670 rugged acres just outside the City of Rancho Cucamonga and bordering San Bernardino National Forest. It’s a plan that many locals call a dangerous gamble, one that will place hundreds of new residents -- and local emergency responders -- in the heart of fire country.