FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Wildfire Mitigation Tested in Orange County, CA   [open pdf - 58KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. This Best Practice Story describes that, "On the morning of Sunday, March 11, 2007, fire erupted at Windy Ridge along the 241 Toll Road in Orange County. This intentionally set fire had the potential to become catastrophic in a very short period of time. Several factors contributed to preventing and avoiding what easily could have been substantial losses. Newer neighborhoods have been built with fire resistant materials, fire resistant landscaping and defensible spaces. Many homes in Anaheim Hills have fire resistant roofs (i.e. Class A tiles) and enclosed eaves. The only home which sustained damages had a wood shake roof. Prevention and mitigation such as fuel modification and hardened structures combined to save the homes as well as aiding the firefighters." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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