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What can be done to improve the chances that a home will survive wildfire? The good news is that research has demonstrated that by careful attention to the selection, location and maintenance of vegetation and other combustibles on the property (i.e., the defensible space on the property), implementing retrofits to “harden” the home, and implementing an ongoing maintenance program, it is possible to substantially improve the odds that a home will survive a future wildfire. These actions do not have to be costly, but they do require an understanding of the three types of exposures a home will experience when threatened by a wildfire. 

Defensible space

Available Resources

Reducing the Vulnerabilities of Buildings to Wildfires Video Presentation
Speaker Yana Valachovic 07/23/2020

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fire Resources and Information

Disaster Safety Organization
Prepare for Wildfires

National Fire Protection Association
Public Education - Research Fact Sheet Series

UCANR Publication 8393
Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas

Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide
Nevada Extension Publication

Preparing Your Home

Preparing Home Landscaping
Defensible Space    
Fire Resistant Plants