Homes located near forest areas are vulnerable to damage, or complete loss, if a wildfire should start in the area. Not only do the types of structural components affect the amount of damage that will be sustained, but the area around the home can contribute to fire risk.
For example, trees close to your home will allow a wildfire to spread to your home faster that if the area were clear. Furthermore, homes with inadequate fire protection and prevention features can often cause a wildfire to start.
Fortunately, there is a lot that you can do to make sure that your home is fire-safe. To help you measure your home's fire risk, and to enable you to determine where improvements need to be made, use the Forest Home Fire Risk form; get to it by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Fill out the form carefully and honestly.
First, examine your home and home-site carefully, then work through the form. After calculating your total forest home fire risk, try to reduce your home's fire risk by correcting the problem areas which you found.