Home Ignition Zone Evaluation Program Presentation at the Topanga Library: June 2nd and 10th 2015

Post date: May 22, 2015 6:20:16 PM

You Can Make Your Home Less Vulnerable To Wildfire!

The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council will present its Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program at the Topanga Library on Tuesday June 2nd and Wednesday June 10th at 6:30 pm

The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that embers cause the ignition of 80 to 90% of the homes that burn in wildfires. Carried by strong winds, embers fly through the air and rain down on vulnerable homes, well in advance of flames. Once homes ignite they create intense heat and more embers that then ignite other nearby homes. This turns what would be a fast-moving brushfire into an inferno, putting neighborhoods at risk, as well as making it dangerous for vital first-responders to enter the area.

By taking action long before a wildfire threatens, homeowners can make their homes safer by looking from the "house out" and addressing vulnerabilities. In this hour-long presentation North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council Co-Presidents Beth Burnam and Ryan Ulyate will explain what the ember threat is and how the Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program works by using trained volunteers to visit homes and make specific recommendations to homeowners.

Members of the Evaluation team will be present to answer questions and share what they have learned in the over 70 Topanga homes evaluated so far.

With the current drought and wildfire season arriving months earlier this year, its all the more important for Topangans to take proactive steps that will make their home, neighborhoods, and the entire community safer.

We hope to see you there!

(Please RSVP for either June 2nd or June 10th at firesafe@ntcfsc.org