What can save homes when a fire races through? Are some home-hardening steps better than others? Where are defensible space measures most effective? Have fuel breaks and forest thinning worked for us? Are fires growing larger, more frequent, and more intense, and if so – where? And if so – what can we do about protecting ourselves in an age of climate change?
In this discussion, we will begin with the success stories: safely designed homes that have survived a large fire. You will hear from an established fire scientist whose home and immediate neighborhood remained standing while a large wildfire went through the entire area. We will build on what we have heard about home-hardening steps, fire-resistant homes, and defensible space, and we will use the success stories to bring clarity to the cost-efficient ways of preventing catastrophic loss from wildfires. We will share resources you may have and some you may not have. We will also talk about embers, firebrands, that blow far ahead of fires during hot, windy conditions. And we will talk about steps needed to avoid another Coffey Park, which had Highway 101 for a firebreak. We will discuss why we can have our homes and our beloved forests – without tearing them down. And we will talk about ways to honor the science, to strengthen forests – our most valuable resource to fight climate change and worse fires.