Can we improve our chances by being pro-active in a responsible way?
Although not impossible as the calamitous California fires of 2018 proved, this is an extremely daunting prospect of protecting a home in a heavily wooded area.
With that said, there are ways to mitigate the issue of ignition.
A very healthy defensible space is quintessential first of all.
All fuel for the fire has been cleared.
Then you can think about fire retardant materials for roofing and other areas.
Decking is very problematic because of its horizontal nature. Flying hot embers landing on your roof, rolling off to other surfaces or decking can sit on that substrate leading to heat build up. Nearly 86% of all secondary fires are started in the eves and decking, but not the roof as some may think.
Remember, nothing stops radiant or thermal heat transfer indefinitely even though NFT compounds deliver unprecedented performance levels in duration.
Things on the roof tend to roll down into gutters, decking or the ground.
Here are some other remedies to help defend against ignition from manufacturers of decking fireproofing products.
Read and follow the instructions for the best results for the situation your home could be facing.
Bristol DECKMATE fire retardant is compounded to be extremely versatile and cover a large swath for application purposes,
Can be used on wood products, wood decks, fencing, barns, roofing, anything near an open flame or high heat.
Wood structures in vulnerable terrain should be treated especially flat areas that are susceptible to hot embers resting on the surface. Hot embers have been known to travel through the air for miles increasing with heat as the wind blows it. Extremely prudent to treat all wood surfaces if you have a structure in a heavily wooded or fire-prone area.
It can be used on most anything near an open flame or high heat.
Compounded to work exceptionally well on fibrous, wood materials and performs as a significant barrier to flame and thermal heat transfer improving most materials performance.
Other suggestions would be below