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An American innovation was created and tested to save defend valuables left behind in affordable fire resilient sheds that promote safer early evacuation to help save lives in wildfires.

Combustibles were lit on fire around a shed to demonstrate it’s resistance to wildfire. A demonstration was done Tuesday at the San Diego Fire-Rescue Training Center. (John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fire Defense Commentary    Steve Conboy    May 25,  2022   

On November 8th, 2018, thousands of residents in the wooded town of Paradise, California did what they were told to do when the morning skies turned dark and a wildfire inferno raged across the hills: They got in their cars and fled.

The tragedy that happened next was the vehicular equivalent of a stampede: Roads were packed to a standstill. When the fatality count was completed days later, it was reported that 86 lives had been lost, and 10 of those deaths were reported to have been people in their cars stuck in gridlock. Did some of those who perished spend time packing their cars with valuables, causing them to get behind the wheel too late to save their own lives?

MFB Sheds are designed to protect valuables even as all else burns in wildfire to help promote earlier evacuation

Fire Officials would help to save lives by promoting what has been witnessed by Fire Officials multiple times because these Fire Resilient Sheds promote early evacuation. As the death toll from the three devastating wildfires ravaging California continues to rise, a reported 10 victims died while inside vehicles. As of Sunday evening, at least 31 people — 29 in Northern California and two in Southern California — are dead and at least 228 people are missing as three fires rage across the state, the Associated Press reported.

Firefighters in the northern part of the state are battling a blaze — known as the Camp Fire — which as of Monday morning, had burned through 113,000 acres and was only 25 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

In a press releases issued on Sunday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the number of fatalities from the blaze had grown to 29. Over half of the victims were found in the city of Paradise. The wildfires racing through Northern California have killed 31 people so far and forced thousands to evacuate their homes.

They also have forced fire officials and residents to confront fateful decisions: When should you evacuate, and what should you do if you become trapped in a vehicle while trying to get away? Should you stay with the vehicle as flames are closing in or try to leave the vehicle to find safety somewher.Two of those victims were found “dead in vehicles,” while the remaining two were found in homes. In their first press release, the Sheriff’s Office stated on Friday that nine fatalities had been reported, all in the town of Paradise. Five victims were found “in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire,” according to the statement. As their bodies were badly burned, police could not immediately identify the victims. A total of 6 additional deaths, all from Paradise, were reported on Sunday — “5 in homes and 1 in vehicle. “LA State Homicide Bureau continues to investigate the death of what we believe to be two adults individuals,” he remarked. “The victims were located Friday, Nov. 9 inside a burned vehicle in the area off Mulholland Highway.” Noting that the investigation was still in its early stages, Gage added that “detectives believe that the driver may have become disoriented while evacuating the area and the vehicle was overcome by fire.” O’Rourke, an Oakmont resident, was among the 48,000 people ordered to vacate a vast swath of east Santa Rosa the night of Sept. 27 when the wind-driven blaze born in Napa County crested the Mayacamas Mountains. Thousands of evacuees shared his ordeal as their vehicles crawled west on the highway in the darkness, and many still question — with another ominous fire season ahead — why they were placed in that predicament.