How Fire Safe Is Your Malibu Home?

by ritasimpson on June 16, 2012

in Community Information

Fires are in the news, and always on the mind of those whose homes are perched in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu overlooking the Pacific.
Todays news offers some insights that might be very helpful going forward to minimize the risk of fires in Malibu as well as the other areas in the region.
The results of a study of over 5,500 buildings damaged or destroyed by fire  during the last decade in Southern Califonia was recently published in the online journal PlosOne.org.  They found  that the most vulnerable structures were in certain places and certain arrangements. This has important implications for wildfire protection policies in the Southland, which focus on brush clearance and fireproof construction. What we learned is that is not enough. The authors argue there are some places where homes simply shouldn’t be built.

“We’re finding that geography is most important—where is the house located and where are [houses] placed on the landscape,” said the paper’s lead author, research scientist Alexandra Syphard of the Conservation Biology Institute.

Here is the full article.

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