Fire Resistant Home Construction
Central Sierra homes are at risk for wildfire. The majority of homes that burn during wildfires are actually ignited by burning embers carried by wind and dropped on or near the house. (For more information on how this works, please see the following video produced by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Be Ember Aware)
However, there are ways to reduce that risk through use of appropriate home construction and materials. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Fire in California website offers building material information to help homeowners to better understand how to take appropriate action to retrofit their own homes. Specific technical information for builders on fire resistant construction materials can also be found on the Preparing Your Home webpage.