According to the Sacramento Bee: Several homes in the Paradies and Butte County areas were saved from devastating fire damage because of being up to date with California fire building code regulations. Things like fire resistant siding and required defensible space regulations have saved several homes that otherwise would have been destroyed by the flames of the deadly Camp Fire this last year. Homes built before 2008, however, were not subject to retrofitting requirements by California Building Code and were mostly destroyed.
California Offered No Incentives to Retrofit Older Homes to be Within the New Fire Code Regulations
When California retrofitted its building code to include earthquake safety guidelines, they offered several financial incentives to retrofit older homes and buildings so that they could fall within the new code regulations. This was not done with the fire code updates in California. If the state government had offered the same level of financial incentive to retrofit homes build prior to 2008 with the new fire regulations, perhaps several more homes would have survived the devastating Camp Fire of Butte County, California.