As wildfires rage in the West, scorching millions of acres and burning homes and businesses, researchers are investigating what more can be done to better protect homes against blazes.
Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety first determined what causes homes to ignite during a wildfire. They found that about 90% of homes and buildings were ignited by embers, not the actual wildfires. Embers can disperse for miles from their source and start a new fire when they land. Embers can enter a home through vents or dead landscaping, dry wood, or common homebuilding materials, BUILDER reports.
Read all the findings online here: How to Better Protect Homes Against Wildfires