Fire Behavior

Research shows that a prepared house with a surrounding firewise zone is 85% more likely to survive a wildfire than one that is not prepared.

Understanding fire behavior, especially how hot a fire will be and how long it will be at the building site, will help homeowners and builders decide how defensible a house needs to be, and what actions need to be taken to make the building site more fire-resistive.

The information inside this brochure (PDF) will help you better understand the factors affecting fire behavior, and provide some cost effective strategies on how to minimize the risk that these factors present to your property.

These actions and strategies apply to urban homes, mountain homes or cabins, ranch or farm homes, or any other property or structures.