Presenter: Dr. Austin Troy, University of Colorado Denver
Sponsors: Southwest Fire Science Consortium and California Fire Science Consortium
This presentation summarizes recent research conducted on patterns of property loss during the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Using logistic regression of several inspection data sets, it isolates a number of property and structural variables that predict property loss and survival. Variables that contributed to survival include construction after California’s 2008 fire-safe building code was passed, presence of multi-pane windows, enclosed eaves, and ignition resistant siding among other variables. Factors that increased chance of destruction included being a mobile home, presence of accessory/utility outbuildings, and sloped properties among others. Vegetative defensible space had an indeterminant impact.