In a large wildfire, firefighters from other counties may be assigned to your area. They will not know you or where your home is. There will not be enough fire engines to defend each home. In these situations firefighters must make quick decisions based on what they see as they drive down your road. If your home looks savable – if the driveway is wide, vegetation is cleared back from the house, and there’s room for a fire engine to turn around – an engine will likely be assigned to your home. If your home can’t be seen, or it is surrounded by thick brush, your home may be passed by as “indefensible” — too dangerous for firefighters to try to defend. This assessment should help you make your home a defensible “keeper”.

Download the Risk Assessment Checklist.