Firefighter Helps Develop Product to Protect Homes from Wildfire

A firefighter’s improvised solution to protect a home from the Black Forest Fire in Colorado led to the development of a product to protect other homes from wildfire.

KRDO reports ( that Roy Dalton and his team responded to the Black Forest Fire and came across a home with a lot of hoses and manual sprinklers scattered across the lawn. Dalton placed the sprinklers on the roof of the home, which was the only one in the area left standing after flames from the wildland fire scorched the area.

From the idea came a new business: a House Hydrant System, which is installed outside of a home is activated by radiant heat from an approaching wildfire or forest fire. Once activated, it soaks your house with 500 to 5000 gallons of water, even if you are not there and even if the power has been cut off to the area.

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The Black Forest Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history, took place in June 2013 and burned more than 14,200 acres. It destroyed 509 homes before it was contained and killed two people.

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