This 25-minute video features Fire Scientist Jack Cohen showing examples of homes that were unprotected during a wildfire, homes using home protection guidelines (see below), and examples where home protection guidelines can be put to use.
Eliminate all flammable materials (potential fuels) within 10 feet of the house.
Consider any wood roof flammable; wet the whole roof frequently.
Remove flammable materials away from decks or boardwalks -- if it's connected to the house, consider it part of the house.
Remove pine needles from gutters and the roof.
Staple metal window screening over any openings or gaps including low decks, walkways and crawl spaces.
If possible, place sprinklers to wet the area around the house especially within 60 feet of the house.
Reduce or eliminate surface fuels starting at the house to within 100 feet of the house and prune lower limbs of trees at least 8 feet above the ground.
"Most of the houses I've examined very likely ignited from small spot ignitions on or adjacent to the home -- not from the big crown fire flames. That means a homeowner can easily do fuel reductions that can potentially save their homes."
-- Jack Cohen