How one homeowner saved his house from the Carr Fire

Investing in wildfire mitigation proves to be a smart move

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018

firefighter with SCBA at a house fire

In 1994, a man building a new home for his family in the Redding, California area believed that one day he would see a wildfire. During construction, he paid close attention to the home’s design and materials and over the years, took mitigation actions to make his home resilient to wildfire.

Twenty-four years later, the wildfire that this homeowner prepared for — the Carr Fire — destroyed over 1,500 structures. Seventeen of his neighbors lost their homes but his house remained standing, unharmed. What made the difference? Wildfire mitigation.

Some of the wildfire mitigation measures he took during construction and maintained over the years to make his home fire-resilient included:

Fire resilience is about understanding and recognizing the vulnerabilities of your home and landscape and making modifications so that the home and landscape are complementary to each other.

— Yana Valachovic, County Director and Forest Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension

For more recent examples of wildfire mitigation work that you can promote to homeowners in your community, read the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network blog.

Further reading

Engaging homeowners in wildfire risk mitigation: Which approaches work best?

See also: Wildland Urban Interface toolkit — Planning

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