Research shows that a home’s odds of surviving a wildfire can be substantially improved through careful attention to three principles: (1) thoughtful landscape design aimed at reducing and separating combustibles (vegetation, lawn furniture, and other landscape assets) within the defensible space on a property, (2) retrofitting homes to resist wildfire, and (3) implementing ongoing maintenance of the home and landscaping to reduce combustible materials (for example, leaves and needles) and to address the wear and tear that homes incur over time.
This publication explains how buildings burn during a wildfire and what actions homeowners can take in advance to increase their home’s odds of survival.
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