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When people think of wildfires, they typically think of the west coast, or California – especially given the number of acres of land currently engulfed in flame there. However, wildfires can start in any densely wooded area, and protecting your home from wildfire is a serious responsibility.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home and property from a wildfire is to be informed. State or local agencies dealing with forestry, fire, or emergency response can give you valuable information regarding local fire laws, building codes, and community response procedures. Additionally, having a professional inspect your property to provide recommendations for reducing wildfire risk is very important.

For example, we can recommend things like ensuring that your roofing, siding, and other materials on your home are fire-resistant, enclosing eaves and overhangs, enclosing the area underneath sun decks and porches, and installing spark arrestors on chimneys or stovepipes.

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