How Homes Are Lost

Homes are lost in wildland fires when they are ignited in one of three ways:

 

  • The most common is burning embers falling upon flammable roofs (e.g. wood shake or shingle).

 

  • Falling or wind blown embers easily kindle leaves or needles on roofs, in rain gutters, or under decks and porches.

 

  • Homes are also lost through either direct flame contact, concentration of heat under structures, decks, alcoves and eaves.  Finally, fires are ignited through radiation from burning vegetation.