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Q: What is Firewise?

A: 

Firewise is a national program created by the National Fire Protection Association that addresses the risks of homes to wildfire in the wildland/urban interface. It encourages local community-based solutions for wildfire safety, with the goal of reducing home ignition due to wildfire. Firewise emphasizes homeowner responsibility and provides the framework for education dissemination, community partnerships, and local actions that support community wildfire safety efforts. Ashland Fire and Rescue is working as a partner with the community to establish Ashland as a nationally recognized Firewise Community.

 



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Q: How do I know if I have class A, B or C roofing?

A: Unfortunately, there isn’t a roof that is completely “fire proof;” however, with proper assembly of fire-rated materials, homeowners can lessen a fire’s spread and extend the amount of time it takes for a home to ignite. The roof is very vulnerable to fire because it is the largest surface area of your home. The exposed roof can trap embers and easily ignite a home. In a fire vulnerable area, use class A or B roofing materials.

Material Classification

Class A (This is the least combustible roofing material and the highest resistance to fire).
Brick Concrete
Tile Slate
Clay Asphalt
Metal Fiber-cement
 
Class B
Pressure-treated shakes and shingles
 
Class C  (This is the most combustible roofing material and is much more vulnerable to fire).
Wood shakes and shingles
Plywood
Particle board



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