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wildfire spreaders include chaparral scrub and homes
Tall Trees in Forests Are Rarely Principal Agents in Residential Fires

Keeley and Safford on forest fires not spreading to homes

doc-titleThe 2007 Southern California Wildfires: Lessons in Complexity
quoteDetailed study of the destruction from the Grass Valley Fire showed that high intensity forest fire was not a direct factor in igniting the vast majority of homes. Many private properties had not been adequately treated for fuels, and a high number of homes in the area were constructed from highly flammable materials, including wooden decks and shake roofs. Rogers et al. (2008) concluded that "homes, not the vegetation, were the primary fuel by which the fire spread."
sourceUSGS and USFS on the 2007 California Wildfires