The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire : Short Wave The year 2020 saw a record-breaking wildfire season. With those wildfires came many destroyed homes. Rebuilding with fire-resistant materials reduces the risk of future fires burning down a house, but as NPR science correspondent Lauren Sommer explains, only three Western states require building with fire-resistant materials. Without such improvements, communities face increased risks with the next fire.

Read Lauren's reporting on rebuilding after a wildfire.

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The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire

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The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire

The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire

The Complex Decisions Around Rebuilding After A Wildfire

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Daniel Gorham, a research engineer with the Insurance Institute for Building and Home Safety, looks for clues about how homes can survive wildfires. Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety hide caption

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Daniel Gorham, a research engineer with the Insurance Institute for Building and Home Safety, looks for clues about how homes can survive wildfires.

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The year 2020 saw a record-breaking wildfire season. With those wildfires came many destroyed homes. Rebuilding with fire-resistant materials reduces the risk of future fires burning down a house, but as NPR science correspondent Lauren Sommer explains, only three Western states require building with fire-resistant materials. Without such improvements, communities face increased risks with the next fire.

Read Lauren's reporting on rebuilding after a wildfire.

Have questions or story ideas? You can always reach the show by emailing shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi. Josh Newell was the audio engineer.