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Company helps protect homes near Electra Fire

ByLinda W. Smith

Jul 7, 2022

As crews continue to battle the Electra Fire, which has forced evacuations in Amador and Calaveras counties, a company is trying to help protect properties in those areas. Wildfire Safety Solutions, a company relatively new company that started operating about eight months ago, is working to protect Northern California homes and businesses from the threat of wildfires. While many evacuation orders and warnings due to the Electra fire are still in effect, Wildfire Safety Solutions has been busy in recent days traveling to communities outside of these areas. “We’re actually located in Amador and Calaveras counties, so this one is kind of staffed,” said Lance Doyle, co-owner of Wildfire Safety Solutions. “We wanted to take care of our neighbours.” of the Electra Fire. Workers installed ember-proof gutter guards on the house. Doyle said these can make all the difference. the embers,” Doyle said. “The reality is that there are estimates of up to 90% of homes burning down due to the ember storms generated by these large events.” The company also strives to install ember-proof vents. Paul Machi sprayed trees and dry grass surrounding the property at Pioneer with fire retardant. Machi said the product they use is known as a “long-term” flame retardant, meaning it can last for months. “If I can get down lower in the trees… the vegetation won’t be able to hold a flame,” Machi said. Machi also sprayed the retarder on some structures, such as the owner’s bridge. “I like to go under bridges where they’re low, in case we have a buildup of embers or material piling up underneath,” Machi said. Machi added that while they are happy to help with fire prevention efforts in the wake of the Electra fire, Wildfire Safety Solutions encourages anyone interested in fire retardants, gutter guards and vents to take advice. measures before fires break out. “We’re trying to tell people not to, ‘With these materials, there’s no reason to wait,'” Machi said. that gutter guards cost between $12 and $15 per foot. In terms of vents, the company said it has something for everyone’s budget. The most expensive items are BrandGuard vents, but Wildfire Safety Solutions said that they could fit them with basic vents, which would still meet Cal Fire’s minimum requirements.It would be around $1,000 for a “cabin” style home.

As crews continue to battle the Electra Fire, which has forced evacuations in Amador and Calaveras counties, a company is trying to help protect properties in those areas.

Wildfire Safety Solutions, a relatively new company that began operations about eight months ago, is working to protect Northern California homes and businesses from the threat of wildfires. While many evacuation orders and warnings due to the Electra fire are still in effect, Wildfire Safety Solutions has been busy in recent days traveling to communities outside of these areas.

“We’re actually located in Amador and Calaveras counties, so this one is a little personal,” said Lance Doyle, co-owner of Wildfire Safety Solutions. “We wanted to take care of our neighbours.”

KCRA 3 caught up with the company while they were working on a property in Pioneer, which is in Amador County and not too far from the Electra Fire. Workers installed ember-proof gutter guards on the house. Doyle said these can make all the difference.

“It’s real fine mesh, like a 16-inch mesh, that allows water to pass through, but nothing else, including embers,” Doyle said. “The reality is that there are estimates as high as 90% of homes that burn are ember storms generated by these large events.”

The company is also working to install ember-proof vents.

Wildfire Safety Solutions’ other co-owner, Paul Machi, sprayed trees and dry grass surrounding the property at Pioneer with fire retardant. Machi said the product they use is known as a “long-term” flame retardant, meaning it can last for months.

“If I can go lower in the trees… [the] vegetation will not be able to hold a flame,” Machi said.

Machi also sprayed the retarder on some structures, such as the owner’s patio.

“I like to go under bridges where they’re low, in case we have a buildup of embers or material piling up below,” Machi said.

Machi added that while they are happy to help with fire prevention efforts in the wake of the Electra fire, Wildfire Safety Solutions encourages anyone interested in fire retardants, gutter guards and vents to take advice. measures before fires break out.

“We’re trying to tell people not to wait. With these documents, there’s no reason to wait,” Machi said.

Wildfire Safety Solutions has given KCRA 3 a general cost breakdown of its products and services. For fire retardant, the average cost for “cabin” type homes is around $1,250. Large domains can be much more than that. Wildfire Safety Solutions said gutter guards cost between $12 and $15 per foot. In terms of vents, the company said it has something for everyone’s budget.

The most expensive items are BrandGuard vents, but Wildfire Safety Solutions said they can outfit them with basic vents, which will still meet Cal Fire’s minimum requirements. It would be around $1,000 for a “cabin” type home.


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