Even if your home is in a low-risk area, it could be vulnerable to embers if it's within a mile of a wooded area. Embers can be carried on the wind a mile or more beyond the leading edge of an intense wildfire and can pile up like snow drifts against homes, igniting flammable materials like dry leaves in the gutters and starting spot fires.
Fortunately, you can prepare in advance for wildfire by reducing the flammable fuels on and around your home. This short video describes how one home survived a wildfire while the home next door burned to the ground.
Fire can’t survive without small fuels to ignite and larger fuels to burn. Homes and landscapes that have been designed or modified to be ignition-resistant are much more likely to survive wildfire. This video demonstrates the response of different building and landscape materials to an ember storm.
Increase Your Home's Chance Of Survival By Cleaning Up Now!
"Wildfire Cleanup Tips" offers a good starting point for cleaning up flammable fuels around your home. To learn how to create a defensible space, refer to the "Firewise Guide to Landscape and Construction" below.