Wildfire study results lead to recommendations for homeowners


Last updated 7/31/2008 at Noon

SACRAMENTO — On July 22, the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) announced findings from comprehensive research into the Witch Creek Wildfire, which damaged or destroyed nearly 1,700 structures in San Diego County in 2007, causing $1 billion in insured losses.

IBHS evaluated nearly 3,000 homes to determine why some survived and others did not despite facing similar wildfire conditions. The study also analyzed meteorological conditions, vegetation and topography, building characteristics and social attitudes.

Major findings of this IBHS study include:

Homes situated less than 15...

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