Saving homes in a wildfire

Whenever a wildfire threatens homes, firefighters face a race against time and mother nature.

Sometimes protecting homes, means choosing to defend some, and passing by others. KTVU's Pam Cook talked with firefighters about how they make that decision, and what you can do to make sure your home has a better chance of withstanding a wildfires.

Our KTVU crew went out with a vegetation specialist, and a battalian chief, and it was eye-opening

We drove through neighborhoods, to see how they decide which homes they'll be able to save, if a wildfire is moving in this direction. They look for defensible space

Firefighters have three, basic classifications; non-threatened, threatened but defensible, or threatened and not defensible.

They recommend planting drought resistant plants, because they are also typically fire resistant as well. They stay healthy, and green with little water and run-off. It's also important to keep vegetation trimmed. 

Watch Pam's story in the video box above.

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