ChicoER reports the Board of Supervisors of Butte County, California, unanimously voted to not require manufactured housing to have fire sprinkler systems installed. Butte County Fire Chief George Morris said the systems are required under new state law to be installed in all new residences under the “state responsibility area.” The state building code specifically exempts sprinklers from manufactured housing, but he would like for the board to enact regulations that would require them in those residences as well. Chico Supervisor Larry Wahl said it costs $10,000 to $13,000 per manufactured home. Oroville Supervisor Bill Connelly said the decision to install sprinklers in manufactured housing should be left to the owners. For background on the subject of preemption of fire sprinklers in manufactured housing, read this Industry In Focus Report from MHMSM.com.