According to recent statistics, one-third of U.S. homes are located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), areas where wildland vegetation (forest or woodland, brush / shrub or grassland) meets residential development. In recent years, homes in these areas have become casualties of hard to control wildfires. Even if you are located outside the boundaries of the WUI, you can sustain significant fire damage.
Burning embers can be blown into the area, well ahead of the fire front, and can start fires by landing on combustible parts of the building and near home combustible vegetation and materials. Deck and patio furniture, gutters, awnings, wood piles, and areas where pine needles or leaves accumulate are some of the places where embers can collect and ignite your home or another building on your property.
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