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Berkeley, CA 94705

WILDFIRE                     Make your home "Ignition Resistant"

You don't need to cut down trees and forests (of any species) around your home, or in your neighborhood, to protect it from wildfire. 


Instead, common sense preparations, proven effective by fire scientists and reserachers, can make your house "Ignition Resistant" in the "Home Ignition Zone."


Most homes in a wildfire are ignited by burning embers (also called firebrands), whether from trees, shrubs, grasses or other houses and structures.  If these embers have nothing to ignite on or around your house—no dry leaves, brush, pine needles, firewood, etc.—your house can survive a nearby fire.

Put another way, if you keep your roof, gutters and yard clear of fine, dry, combustible materials, a forest fire or another house on fire even just 50- 100 feet from your home is less likely to ignite it.

Of course other factors play a role, including wind, water, and your home's material construction—especially its roofing material where embers land.  But the good news is there is a great deal of scientific research on this topic.  It is not widely known or disseminated, and should be.  (View and share the videos at left.)  One of HCN's goals is to educate and inform more of our neighbors, our fellow residents of the East Bay hills.  


Knowing the actual—rather than imagined—causes of wildland and WUI (Wildland-Urban Interface) fires, people and groups incessantly advocating cutting down trees as necessary for fire safety would be appropriately discredited.  NOTE: Those who advocate cutting down eucalyptus and pine forests are servicing an entirely different agenda, not fire science or fire safety.

In fact, cutting down trees and allowing brush and grasses to take their place, even re-planting a few smaller trees to "replace" forests actually increases fire danger. 


U.S. Forest Service FIRE SCIENCES LAB researcher Jack Cohen dispels popular misconceptions about wildfire and house ignitions.
"Your Home Can Survive A Wildfire," explains Jack Cohen, U.S. Forest Service fire scientist, Fire Science Labs, in eye-opening video below.
Trees may burn, but your house can survive.  Read how and why.