Research and post-fire assessments have shown that property owners can
protect their homes and businesses against wildfire by addressing three clear
sources of vulnerability: materials and design features used in building the
home or business, the landscaping vegetation located immediately adjacent
to the home or business, and the general vegetation and other combustible
materials and items on the property surrounding the home or business. Each of
these sources can be dealt with through maintenance, appropriate choices in
building materials, design improvements, and vegetation management.
Making your home or business and community better able to survive a wildfire
is a process that will be well worth the effort. Some projects can be done in
a weekend, although it is important to remember that routine maintenance
must be part of any long-term plan to reduce the vulnerability of your home.