This Guide includes specific recommendations for how to retrofit existing components of a home to withstand wildfre. Each section contains an explanation of how the component is vulnerable to wildfire and what can be done to improve that component. The illustrations throughout the Guide are intended to show best practices for reducing the vulnerability of a home to wildfire.

Inside This Guide:

  • Defensible Space
  • Siding
  • Chimneys
  • Roofs
  • Skylights
  • Fences
  • Roof Edges
  • Windows
  • Rain Gutters
  • Decks
  • Online Resources
  • Vents
  • Garages

Use the link below to download the complete guide.

Restaino, C., Kocher, S., Shaw, N., Hawks, S., Murphy, C., Quarles, S. 2020, Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-20-11

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