Fire-Slowing Fencing

Codewatcher NFPA fence fire

Noncombustible fencing products reduce potential home ignitions in wildfire prone areas.

As homeowners in wildfire prone areas continue to search for ways to reduce potential home ignitions during a wildfire, this edition of the five-part Wildfire Research Fact Sheet series produced by the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise USA™ program and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), provides them with details on how noncombustible fencing products can have an impact.

The research fact sheet details how fencing placed within five feet of a building (the Immediate Zone) should be constructed of noncombustible materials. Using noncombustible fencing where it attaches to the building reduces the opportunity of a burning fence igniting the exterior of the structure.

Each fact sheet in the series provides residents living in areas with wildfire risks with important research findings that can be implemented at the individual parcel level. They also provide forestry agencies and fire departments with an educational outreach tool that can be customized with an agency/department logo.

Related: Download this free ebook, Design with Fire in Mind.