By now I suspect every homeowner in CA knows that shake shingle roofs are attractive but deadly if you are located near a fire danger. It also appears that having a filled swimming pool and a firehose (along with a generator if the power is out) is a good defense. Of course, clearing brush that might ignite is also important. What other techniques do builders or architects use?
For example, indoor sprinklers probably wouldn’t do the job if it was the rooftop that caught on fire first. Should roofs be equipped with sprinklers if they aren’t made of fire-resistant materials? Aren’t there foam building products that are fire-tested in some way? Or some other similar fire-resistant material that has been tested? Didn’t I read about this in the Whole Earth Catalog a hundred years ago?
Has anyone ever heard of barricadegel.com? Their lack of any current press releases makes me question them.
It seems a good time for people who are rebuilding in these dangerous areas to choose new materials. I bet Arnold would welcome such suggestions, and it could bring some new business to Calif.