Wildfires can ignite building with flying sparks and embers that get blown inside attics, under houses or on wood shingle roofs; by direct flames that will ignite walls with vegetation growing on them or from debris piles up along the wall; or through radiant heat, that can crack or break windows and embers to blow into the house.
Roof – most vulnerable surface for embers to land
Vents and Eves – embers gather under eves or in through vents and ignite combustible materials
Deck/Balconies – embers collect on or under decks and balconies
Windows – extreme heat from fire can cause windows to break and allow embers in the house
Exterior Walls – build or remodel with fire resistant materials
Last updated: April 21, 2015