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“We Have To Do Better At Building California Homes To Be Wild Fire Resilient Than This“

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California’s Housing Crunch is Pushing Developers Deeper Into Wildland Fire Territories And Difficult Terrain For Typical Fire Fighting Techniques. We Must Become Proactive On All New Homes NOW!!!

November 22, 2019 by Steve Conboy

American Wild Fire Resilient Products And M-Fire's Clean Fire Inhibitors Can Beat The Threat Of Wild Fire Loss Now. Rebuilding (With Raw Lumber Like ( The Picture Above) Is Only Defining Insanity And Adding To Future Loss And Rising Insurance Premiums. Rebuilding After A Wild Fire Can No Longer Support Any Short Cuts

Adding Proactive Wild Fire Innovations Supported By Accredited Test Results Is California’s will remove this new wild fire threat and all the negative propaganda will only drive future loss and increased insurance premiums and lower property values.

California is on a collision course with climate change. For decades, the state has been building deeper into its hills, canyons and valleys to provide cheaper housing for residents priced out of the cities. That growth now comes with existential risk. Rising temperatures and more frequent droughts are creating ideal conditions for wildfires, and a growing population outside the urban fringe brings more opportunities for accidental ignitions.

Centennial was first proposed in 2002 as part of the long-envisioned development of Tejon Ranch, a sprawling 270,000-acre property where Old West outlaws, trappers and frontiersman once roamed on horseback. It’s now home to pistachio and almond farms, hunting grounds, oil and gas mining and sites for three master-planned communities.

Last December, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors opened its meeting with a prayer led by the county fire department chaplain, for the victims of the previous month’s Woolsey Fire the largest ever to hit the county. The blaze killed three people, burned almost 100,000 acres and 1,600 buildings, and forced the evacuation of more than 250,000 residents.

While a growing chorus of climate experts are pushing the idea of managed retreat from flood-prone coastal areas on a mass scale, wildfire migration isn’t an obvious answer for California. For one thing, there are risks in every direction, from earthquakes and drought to rising sea levels. And fires can have unpredictable causes—an unattended campfire, a discarded cigarette, a car that backs into a power line.

The changing climate brings wetter winters, nurturing a lush spring growth of trees, grasses and bushes that dry out in summers that extend deeper into fall and contribute to California’s fire problems, said Mark Bove, a natural catastrophe solutions manager at Munich Reinsurance America Inc.

“This means that there are more days per year where extreme fire weather conditions could occur,” Bove said. “Additionally, we continue to build and expand into wilderness areas and put more property and lives at risk from wildfires, thus increasing the human impacts from these events.”

The county worked hard to make sure Centennial is as safe as possible, and it’s no different than the many suburban communities that already brush up against the wild lands, said Edel Vizcarra, deputy in charge of planning and public works for Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose district includes the project.

“If the position is we don’t build in any of those areas, we’re not building new housing,” Vizcarra said. “We are stuck between a rock and a hard place—we have an affordability crisis.”

Hanson, the forest ecologist, acknowledges that modern homes are safer than they used to be. But even if 5% burn, thousands of lives would be at risk, he said. The development’s three or more fire stations won’t be enough to stop a big blaze, which will require help from outside, he said.

The aqueduct won’t protect the community from embers that can rain down by the thousands, and travel two miles or more, Hanson said. And an escape route—no matter how much it’s widened—is of no use if it’s closed or blocked by 30-foot high flames, he added.

“It’s an area that naturally burns,” Hanson said. “It’s going to burn again.”

In 2003 we lost 3710 homes and I only know of one (home) that rebuilt with 100% fire protected lumber.

“By the time the 14 major fires were extinguished, 24 lives were lost, 3,710 homes were destroyed and 750,043 acres were blackened. In addition, countless miles of power lines were damaged, communication systems destroyed, watersheds reduced to bare scorched soils and thousands of people were forced into evacuation centers, unsure if they would have a home to return to—many did not.

Winning over the threat of wild fire is not going to happen by just adding more fire trucks, planes and recruiting more young firefighters digging with hand tools for fire breaks.

“Save Cali Raise The Bar Stop Cutting Corners Build Wild Fire Resilient“

All Cali homes can now afford to have 100% of the lumber fire treated call Nate. M-Firesuppression.com

All Cali homes need roofing systems like Tilcor call Tony. Tilcor Roofing

All Cali homes need windows and doors that can stand up to wild fire heat. Vulcan Technologies

All truss companies should be forced to build trusses with Class A lumber call John. Mighty FireBreaker Products

We raised the bar after the Northridge Earth Quake to make all wood structures safer in seismic events and it's time we do it now over wild fires. If Construction Defect Attorneys find out all these products are available then builders need to be ready for defect attorneys and it's to their loss complaint on why they are not used when so much risk is now evident.

California Residential Builders Need To Start Building Wild Fire Resilient

The inevitable cascade of claims arising from these wildfires will last a very long time. California's Right to Repair Act gives homeowners up to 10 years to file certain construction-defect claims. Since many homebuilders' liability policies provide coverage to homes that first close escrow or are first completed during the policy year, insurers won't see the last of the new post-wildfire construction-defect claims until 2028 or later. I would therefore encourage insurers issuing liability policies to homebuilders in California—and especially their local claim handlers—to be prepared for high volume and high costs as rebuilding commences.

To add all the suggested proactive applied fire science projects suggested that is now available to all homeowners and their builders nationwide only adds $10.00 per square foot to your building cost less than a built in pool.

Ask a family that has lost everything in a wild fire if they wish they had a wild fire resilient home.



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