Make Your Home Less Vulnerable to Wildfire!

“This home was lost from ember ignition. Note that the trees were not burned.” Photo courtesy of NTCFSC

The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) will present its Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program at the Topanga Library on Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP required.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that embers cause the ignition of at least 50 percent of the homes that burn in wildfires. Carried by strong winds, embers fly through the air and rain down on vulnerable homes, well in advance of flames. Once homes ignite they create intense heat and more embers that then ignite other nearby homes. This turns what would be a fast-moving wildfire into an urban fire—an inferno—putting whole neighborhoods at risk, as well as making it dangerous for vital first-responders to enter the area.

By taking action long before a wildfire threatens, homeowners can make their homes safer by looking from the “house out” and addressing vulnerabilities. In this hour-long presentation, NTCFSC co-presidents, Beth Burnam and Ryan Ulyate, explain what the ember threat is and how the Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program works by using trained volunteers to visit homes and make specific recommendations to homeowners.

Members of the Evaluation team will be present to answer questions and share what they have learned in more than 100 Topanga homes evaluated so far.  

Our welcomed winter rains created an abundance of growth. Our wildfire season has already started and is expected to be intense. Thus, it’s even more important for Topangans to take proactive steps that will make their home, neighborhoods and the entire community safer.

We hope to see you there!

This is a free program. Please RSVP at and indicate the date you will attend, June 7 or June 8.


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