Coming before the City Council of Huntington Beach on Monday will be the Ward Garfield Specific Plan No. 16. This project will remove an existing nursery, located under Edison's high-voltage tension wires, and replace it with 395 recreational vehicle (RV) parking spots. This storage facility will be directly behind a senior citizen mobile home park in a residentially zoned neighborhood.
Besides the obvious fire danger of parking highly flammable RVs under power lines in a residential neighborhood, the closest RV spots will be only five feet from the mobile homes. Five feet, folks! Might as well put a bomb five feet from your bedroom window and just pray and hope that nobody lights a match. You would have to be naïve to think RV fires in storage facilities don't happen or it's just a "fluke." Recently, three RVs went up in flames in a RV storage spot in Huntington Beach. It took 21 firefighters to put out the flames. This fire also damaged the outside of a metal building nearby. According to Battalion Chief Bob Brown, the fire was "raging." Besides, having 395 RV storage spots under high-voltage power lines next to mobile homes is not a land use that is compatible with surrounding land uses. This project is the next BP oil disaster waiting to happen.