Advertisement

Aluminum wrap used to protect homes in California wildfires

In this Sept. 2, 2021 file photo a cabin partially covered in fire-resistant material stands...
In this Sept. 2, 2021 file photo a cabin partially covered in fire-resistant material stands behind a property destroyed in the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges, Calif. Aluminum wraps designed to protect homes from flames are getting attention as wildfires burn in California. During a fire near Lake Tahoe, some wrapped houses survived while nearby homes were destroyed. The material resembles tin foil from the kitchen drawer but is modeled after the tent-like shelters that wildland firefighters use as a last resort to protect themselves when trapped by flames. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)(Jae C. Hong | AP)
Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 10:14 AM PDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Aluminum wraps designed to protect homes from flames are getting attention as wildfires burn in California.

During a fire near Lake Tahoe, some wrapped houses survived while nearby homes were destroyed.

The material resembles tin foil from the kitchen drawer but is modeled after the tent-like shelters that wildland firefighters use as a last resort to protect themselves when trapped by flames.

The wraps aren’t widely used because they’re expensive and difficult to install, though they have saved some properties, including historic cabins managed by the U.S. government.

They’re also being used this week to protect the world’s largest tree, other giant sequoias and buildings in a national park in California.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)