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Homeowners in California are often encouraged to take steps to make their property as wildfire resistant as possible. Over the last several years, practical research has helped to define specific choices in building materials and overall design that can help raise a home's wildfire rating. Earlier this year the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit focusing on disaster mitigation research, revealed its own science-based standard called the "Wildfire Prepared Home." The program lays out a series of requirements covering everything from the roof to landscaping.