Firefighters Use Foil to Try to Save Historic Cabin

forest cabin photoAs wildfires continue to rage across Washington and other West Coast states, resources are being stretched thin as more than 30,000 firefighters try to save homes and property from devastation. In some cases, homeowners themselves have taken steps to battle flames threatening their homes, simply because there aren’t enough firefighters for the number and size of fires burning across the West.

US Forest Service Protects Log Cabin with Foil

Wildland firefighters and emergency personnel work tirelessly every fire season to protect that which is so precious to us: our homes. Your home is a lot more than just a physical structure, it’s the place where you and your family have made a life. It symbolizes something special and enduring to most Americans.

In addition to family homes, wildfires sometimes threaten historic buildings. Such is the case with the Gotchen Guard Station, a historic log cabin located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of southern Washington. The 12 ft. x 26 ft. log cabin was constructed in 1909 and is one of only eight ranger stations that remains from the early 1900s in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

ABC News says that, for the second time since 2012, the US Forest Service has wrapped the entire log cabin in a special type of foil to protect it from the heat and embers of encroaching wildfires. The US Forest Service uses Aluminized Structure Wrap to protect historic buildings when wildfires approach. The same cabin was “tinfoiled” in September 2012, as the Cascade Creek Wildfire got uncomfortably close.

Fire-Resistant TruLog™ Steel Log Siding

Log cabins have been an important part of American history dating back to the first European settlers. They continue to captivate our hearts with their charm and rustic appeal. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of owning a log home is the flammability of the material. Alternatively, TruLog™ steel log siding retains all the charming, natural characteristics of a log home while being extremely fire resistant.

TruLog™ siding is made of heavy gauge steel, so the steel itself won’t catch fire. Our American-manufactured steel log siding is designed with natural-looking hew lines and chinking lines, which are characteristic elements of the log home aesthetic. We believe in high-quality materials that are durable, weather-resistant and maintenance-free while still providing the traditional log-home look. As a result of TruLog™ fire resistance, you may even be able to lower your home insurance premiums as they relate to fire coverage.

To learn more about TruLog™ steel log siding and how it can help you enjoy a charming home with outstanding fire resistance, please call our experienced team at 970-646-4490. We are based in Loveland, Colorado and ship steel log siding to your construction site.

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