What Happens After a Wildfire?
The recent wildfires in Sonoma County in 2017 show an extreme example of the damage wildfires can do to habitated areas. Last October, fires ravaged the wine country - completely demolishing over 4,500 residential properties and 700 plus commercial properties, while partially destroying more than 10,000 residential properties. The total damage topped $3 million of insured losses.
In dry, hot climates like Sonoma County, wildfires are the norm. To a certain extent, drought and fire are expected each season. The intensity and damage of these natural occurrences, on the other hand, are harder to predict or control.
How to Rebuild After Wildfire
It says history repeats itself. In regions like northern California, that’s a literal truth when it comes to wildfires. No one doubts whether they’ll happen again — instead, the most important question on many designers’ minds is how to avoid a repeat of the destruction wildfires like those in Sonoma County caused.
Use Fire Resistant Materials & Design
An important step in rebuilding a safe home after a wildfire is to use fire resistant materials. Studies show that over 80% of homes lost in wildfires are due to firebrands, or embers, landing close to a home and igniting something on the property. Builders should use noncombustible materials.
We are here to help you to rebuild your properties. Please call us for details.