Strength in numbers could help California in massive rebuilding effort after wildfire disaster

Thousands of homes lost to last month’s devastating wildfires in Northern California could be rebuilt faster and more efficiently using production-scale techniques, according to industry experts.

Indeed, a proposal is being floated to pull together construction and crew resources to rebuild whole communities or streets lost in the wine country wildfire disaster. This mass-building approach could become particularly important as contractors say they are already being inundated with calls for rebuilding requests and some worry about shortages in skilled labor and materials.

“Because we have such a large situation, we have to think beyond our own property lines,” said Julia Donoho, an architect and attorney in the Santa Rosa area.

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