Is Your Home Ember Prepared?

January 31st, 2012

By JoAnne Skelly

Extension Educator, Carson City/Storey County

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

The Deer Run fire two weeks ago in east Carson City and the November fire in Caughlin Ranch are reminders that we need to prepare our homes against wildfire. While these fire events are unusual for this time of year, we can’t get complacent once winter arrives and think, “Oh, fire season is over,” particularly when the weather has been so dry.

A picture of fire smoke coming from a hillside with pinion pines and juniper trees.

Is your home ember prepared? Will your home survive when (not if) the embers arrive? During a wildfire, thousands of embers can rain down on your roof and pelt the side of your home like hail during a storm. If these embers become lodged in something easily ignited on or near your house, the home will be in jeopardy of burning. Embers coming into contact with flammable material is a major reason why homes are destroyed during wildfire.

Common materials that become embers during wildfire include dry leaves, pine cones, branches, tree casino en ligne bonus sans depot bark, twigs and wooden shingles. Depending on fire intensity, wind speed and the size of materials that are burning, embers can be carried more than a mile ahead of the fire. Consequently, even homes located blocks away from the actual flame front are vulnerable to ignition and complete destruction.

By Being Ember Aware! and taking action ahead of time, a homeowner can greatly reduce the ember threat. Things to check as you ember prepare your home include:

For complete information on increasing your home and property’s wildfire safety, download a copy of Fire Adapted Communities – The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness or go to

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