2011 Texas wildfires: common denominators of home destruction

2011 Texas Wildfires

The Texas Forest Service has put together an excellent publication containing lessons learned during the wildfires in 2011 regarding the common denominators that led to homes  igniting and burning during the fire siege. You can download the report here — it is a very large 39MB pdf file.

One of the best features of the report is the section illustrated with very good photos showing the common characteristics of homes that led to their destruction, such as the photo below.

Home steps on fire
Relatively fire-resistant homes can ignite during low-intensity wildfires if a path of combustible material, such as stairs or support beams, leads the fire up to the home. (from the report)

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.