Wildfire will always be a part of the California landscape. Landowners and residents must consider how their home, gardens, and community play a role in achieving greater wildfire resiliency.
Use the following resources to understand your risks, identify resources, and to develop strategies to substantially improve the odds your property can survive future wildfire. These actions do not have to be costly, but require an understanding of the three main types of exposures (flame contact, embers intrusion, and radiant heat) a home may experience when threatened by wildfire.
What you can do
Homes survive wildfire through a combination of:
1) careful landscape selection, placement, and maintenance
2) awareness and management of combustible materials on the property (e.g., leaf litter or lawn furniture) during the fire season
3) incorporation of fire and ember resistant construction materials, installation details and maintenance
Use the suggestions below to learn how to harden your home by reducing its vulnerability. Keep in mind that developing wildfire resilience is more than having a metal roof or stucco siding.
Ember-resistant construction relies on awareness of seemingly small details that can make your home vulnerable to embers, in addition to building with appropriate materials, and regular home and property maintenance.