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UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Home Survival in Wildfire Prone Areas: Building Materials and Design Considerations
A paper by Stephen Quarles, Yana Valachovic, Gary Nakamura, Glenn Nader, and Michael de Lasaux explores the link between building considerations and the ability of a home to survive a wildfire. The risk of fire-spreading embers can be reduced by wisely selecting building materials and creating a "defensible space" around the home.

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