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California Couple Builds Wildfire Resistant Home


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Rainbow, CA

At first glance, Bob and Anne Atkins' house doesn't look too much like a fortress. Its yellow stucco walls and Mexican tile roof blend in with other houses in the residential area just east of Interstate 15, overlooking Stewart Canyon stretching out to the south.

But it is a fortress of sorts, designed to keep flames and smoldering debris at bay the next time a fire roars over the hill. From the gravity-fed sprinkler system to a series of roll-down exterior window shutters,

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