How to Prepare Your Home for WildfiresThere are steps you can take now to prepare your home from wildire.

What are the primary threats to homes during a wildfire?

Research around home destruction versus home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.
There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ).

Learn more about how wildfires spread and ignite home in our online course Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes. An overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn.

Click on this link for more information on protecting your property.

Please contact Spokane County Fire District 8 at (509) 926-6699 or email us at if you have questions on protecting your home from wildfires.

Published On: May 29th, 2022Tags: ,