Founded in 2003 as Firebreak Spray Systems, the company originated the business of protecting homes with a phosphate-based, long-term retardant. Since that time, Firebreak provided fire protection services to thousands of high-value homes to a major insurance provider in the West, including the home pictured here saved from the 2007 Witch Fire near San Diego, California.
As Wildfire Alliance, we are building on this foundation to expand services less expensively, to a wider audience, incorporating a larger distribution network and involving a wide range of insurance providers. To learn more, click here.
How do homes and other structures catch on fire? Wind-blown embers from wildfires rarely burn them by landing on roofs – they ignite dry vegetation immediately adjacent to the walls of the structure, and flames burn into the eaves above and through vents into the structure. The wildland areas around vineyards, under and near utility power lines, and adjacent to agricultural operations are similarly challenged.
Traditional fire-safe practices recommend clearing all flammable material within five feet of a home, as recommended in the illustration to the right by Firewise USA® from the National Fire Protection Association. Applying a long-term fire retardant provides a way for you to maintain more of your preferred vegetation while keeping your home safe from flying embers. A similar strategy can be deployed around commercial operations to provide a crucial firebreak to stop an advancing wildfire.
This images to the right show our proprietary retardant, Certified Advanced Firebreak™, at work. The area in the center has been treated with CAF and allowed to dry. The fire easily ignites the untreated area but stops when it reaches the treated material and goes out. Imagine this was the landscaping immediately surrounding your home. An ember-driven fire wouldn't be able reach the plants next to your home, keeping the fire from entering it.
We offer a range of options depending on your situation, including well recognized, industry-standard retardants from our partner, Perimeter Solutions, maker of PHOS-CHEK®. All of them rely on phosphates, which are an essential ingredient in most fertilizers and are the critical ingredient in the retardants used by firefighters. Some of them are home-grade versions of the material you see dropping from airplanes during a wildfire (minus the pink). Others have specific features to meet the needs of those who live in areas where rain is more frequent during fire season.
In addition to these products, we also offer Certified Advanced Fuel Reduction™, Wildfire Alliance’s patent-pending fire retardant additive. In combination with one of the proven, highly effective PHOS-CHEK retardants, it adds proprietary fuel-reduction technology ingredients that have two simultaneous benefits: it pulls and stores dampness from the air to help keep plants moist; and the mixture also speeds the normal decay of dead branches and leaves into dirt. Our ingredients are high-purity, non-toxic, and nonpolluting. At the end of the fire season, any material washed off by rain is a light, balanced plant fertilizer that continues to help reduce fuels into dirt.
Do you live in an area that is prone to wildfires? Have you had your fire insurance cancelled or premiums raised astronomically?
We will dispatch a trained technician to apply your choice of retardant around your property, eliminating the ability of embers flying in from a nearby fire to set your landscaping and therefore your home on fire.
Once your home is protected, we will put your name into our database of certified homes, enabling insurance companies to verify – with your permission – that you have minimized your fire risk. You can also compare rates from insurance companies participating in our program, allowing you to keep your premiums as low as possible.
Ask about our special program for HOAs whose communities are adjacent to a wildfire zone.
Interested in being at the front of the line when spraying season arrives? Click here to contact us, and be sure to include your ZIP code in the address field so that we know which certified technician should receive your inquiry.
PHOS-CHEK fire retardants, with or without Wildfire Alliance's proprietary Certified Advanced Fuel Reduction technology, are applied to the vegetation around the perimeter of your property by a network of trained specialists in your area.
Are you a licensed landscaper or other professional serving homes in your area and interested in becoming part of the Wildfire Alliance network? Contact us here and be sure to include the areas of the country in which you have operations. You may also use that same form to request a copy of our Safety Data Sheet.
Insurers can rest assured that their clients' homes are protected from wildfires through the verified application of long-term fire retardants by trained distributors. This enables you to mitigate your risks and offer affordable insurance to homeowners.
To join the Wildfire Alliance and/or participate in the program, please contact us here.
Fire Departments can work with our database to understand which homes in your service territory have been treated and to connect with distributors so that you can accelerate adoption in your area.
We can provide support to cities, counties and states in their efforts to encourage widespread treatment in high-risk areas.
Contact us here for more information.
Numerous factors together determine a home’s survivability in a wildfire, including building design and materials, proximity to other homes, fire intensity and ember cast, topography, and other factors. Maintaining proper defensible space, including the application of a long-term fire retardant, will improve your home’s survivability and increase the willingness of firefighters to defend your home, but it cannot guarantee your home’s survival in the event of a wildfire. Wildfire Alliance makes no representations or warranties regarding your home’s survival in the event of a wildfire and disclaims any liability for losses caused by wildfire.
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