To lessen the risk of damage from wildfires, the CEO of a Colorado Springs, Colo., construction company advocates the use of fire-resistant materials, such as stucco, stone, and fiber cement. In fire-prone areas like Colorado and California, Andy Stauffer, of Stauffer & Sons Construction, says choosing materials carefully and taking some defensive steps can lower the risk of a fire disaster. For example, maintaining a 100-foot buffer between a house and burnable fuel such as brush or trees can be very effective in protecting houses from fire. Fire-resistant materials can increase building costs, but Stauffer says that as the products become more widely used, prices will decline. Read More