What should I keep in mind while building a house in an area prone to wildfires?

Select building materials that will inhibit the spreading of a fire instead of fueling it. Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials for the roof and the exterior of a house. Treat all wood with fire-retardant chemicals. Plant fire-resistant trees and shrubs. For example, hardwood trees are less flammable than evergreen trees.

Contributing sources: FEMA, U.S. Forest Service

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