Fire Resistant Home Contruction
Central Sierra homes are at risk for wildfire. The majority of homes that burn during wildfires are actually ignited by burning embers carried by wind and dropped on or near the house. (for more information on how this works, please see the following video produced by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Be Ember Prepared )
However, there are ways to reduce that risk through use of appropriate home construction and materials. The University of California offers the Homeowner's Wildfire Mitigation Guide which allows homeowners to better understand how to take appropriate action to retrofit their own homes. You can also take a virtual tour at this link: Wildland Urban Interface Demonstration Building: A Virtual Tour. An additional page gives specific technical information to builders on construction to reduce risk: Builder's Wildfire Mitigation Guide
Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas: Building Materials and Design Considerations - This UCCE publication helps you make your home ember-resistant so that it may withstand the exposure to embers that blow a mile or more from a wildfire.