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Byline: Guy McCarthy
Jul. 15--SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- The county's top public safety official is so concerned about fire and flood dangers in the mountains and foothills that he said Wednesday the Board of Supervisors should scrutinize future development in hazardous areas.
Sheriff Gary Penrod refused to take a position on whether a government order to cease building is warranted. But he made it clear that allowing more homes to be built in the midst of obvious hazards only makes his department's job more difficult.
"The more people that live up there (in the San Bernardino Mountains), the bigger our problems are going to be. That's obvious," Penrod said in a telephone interview Wednesday evening.
"Right now it's fires, but next time it's going to …