Change the odds, save your house

by | Dec 6, 2021 | 2021 Wildfire Advent

Screenshot of homes–some burned, some not–in


Why do some homes burn and some don’t, when wildfires burn through inhabited neighborhoods?

In this 10-minute video, Glass Fire Post Fire Analysis – For Residents, a fire chief leads an educational tour through a neighborhood that was ravaged by the Glass Fire of 2020. He shows houses — literally next to each other — one burned, one not, and discusses why.

“I really believe that if people had done their home hardening, and Zone 0 defensible space work, those homes would have survived. If they didn’t have flammable material within the 3-5 feet of space, if they blocked their eaves, or they had improved vents so fire could not get in their attic. I firmly believe they would have survived this fire.”

The takeaway:  We cannot control a wildfire coming our way, but we can reduce the odds that our homes will burn.

Here are some highlights from the video:

  • Protect your attic! Embers getting into the attics is the major culprit. “From what I see, every one of them burned from the attic down.”
  • Consider your Zone 0 defensible space (0-5 feet from the structure). The video shows a scorched house literally next to an untouched house. The scorched house had flammable wood chips around it, the untouched had non-flammable cedar chips.


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