Many towns in California, including Malibu, are still very vulnerable to the raw, dry fuel ground covers. The rain will contribute to the further growth of dry vegetation, thereby compounding the potential for future fires to burn next June. Until we address the attic rat screen design flaw, thousands of homes will continue to be vulnerable to loss from the hot micro embers.
Until there is a better applied science for wild fire rebuild using a retro-fit resilient program, mandating the compliance of builders, insurance companies have no incentive to insure homes.
The prevalence of unmanaged ground fuels creates radical ember attacks which are leading to record losses as a result of all the dry fuel. Rat screen ventilation systems in western region homes allow the hot micro embers from wildfires directly into combustible spaces, such as attics, creating flash- over which works to consume homes faster; the presence of additional firefighters generates little to no aid.
If the environmentalists would direct their energy and concerns more towards the prevalent toxins each home creates via wildfires, we can begin to focus our attention to the dry ground fuel rather than our continuous occupation with dead trees that nature has always and will eventually deal with.
Dumping government resources into cutting dead trees instead of clearing dry ground cover fuels will not save homes. These unmanaged dry fuels collect on a yearly basis and do not break down and rot. When these fuels grow, they create such a fast pace during fires that cannot be stalled with reactive measures—even super tankers lose to this pace.
Dropping red fire retardants has also proven year after year to be another huge waste of government resources that ultimately cannot keep up with fire spread.
Our homes and lives must become our priority. We have to let nature deal with dead forests, just like it has in Yellowstone. The planes should only be dropping water to stall an advance, instead of expensive red chemicals, so more resources can be directed to proactively cut and manage dry ground fuels in and around homes.
Recently, an assistant research professor of atmospheric science at The Desert Research Institute claimed many of these large fires that we’re seeing in Southern California and impacting the areas where people are living are caused by humans, blaming is a waste of breath, it’s not proactive, it’s just fear mongering.
Then, Dr. Williams said, "California has a lot of people with a really long dry season and people are always creating possible sparks, the chance that a spark comes off a person at the wrong time, it just goes up". That again is putting aside arson and is not addressing a proactive plan, it’s all fear based again.
These comments and people, should not be part of a government Proactive Applied Science Summit.
Until FEMA and the government steps in and mandates a new Proactive Sustainable Wild Fire Resilient Program In every rebuild we will continue to lose homes. We can not just expect additional funds over and above what an insurance company provides. All FEMA funds must be directed to A Wildfire Best Practice Program that ensures that the governments funds are used to defend them from future wild fire loss.
Builders must be made to follow a resilient inspected and certified program on all FEMA assisted rebuilds, everywhere.
Builders, Fireman and Building Officials are not Applied Fire Science Experts, they need a new program to follow. If the government assists now before issuing FEMA funding support and they mandate a Proactive Applied Science Program, as they are currently doing to clean the toxic debris, we might finally have a sustainable wildfire rebuild.
By doing this now, our government would lower its risk of future loss, which they may have to fund again and that is what makes it sustainable.
Maybe a Retrofit Plan, supported by a tax credit for all the houses that will be lost if they are not made resilient due to so many design flaws.
M-Fire is in solidarity with FEMA to defend there relief funds with our “Best Practice”, recognized by many large insurance providers, having the most sustainable resilient retro-fit and rebuild program that lowers risk and loss. It will save our government billions in the future, if its mandated now, before any rebuilds begin. The program also supports the insurance industry from risk, which can lower homeowners insurance premiums.