Hundreds of smaller communities across the country — with limited routes into and out of town — face greater danger when confronted with emergency evacuations, according to a risk assessment study by Streetlight Data.
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Howard and his wife, Merritt, are now rebuilding in a way to avoid a repeat of the disaster. They’re part of a small yet growing number of people building homes with a design and materials to resist fire. The Boosters’ new home will have a metal roof and and it won’t have an attic or soffit vents. Napa-based architect Brendan Kelly says it will be “impregnable” using pre-fabricated steel framing wrapped in noncombustible insulation from Canada-based homebuilding company BONE Structure.
Latest update on the August Complex Fire from Cal Fire
According to Cal Fire, “Five of the largest wildfires in California history have occurred this year. As we move further into the fall season we recognize that we still have the potential to experience more large and damaging wildfires so we remain prepared.”
Cal Fire offers a comparison of area sizes to help illustrate the size of some of our largest fires.
With many people in Covelo and beyond anxiously watching how this weekend’s weather will affect the hard-fought containment of the nearby August Complex fire, Lt. Shannon Barney of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said there are many other things that are actually under human control that could create a new devastating fire.
Underground fires pose a continuing threat.