The October 2007 California wildfires were a series of fires that began burning across Southern California on October 20. At least 1,500 homes were destroyed and over 500,000 acres (2,000 km) of land burned from Santa Barbara County to the U.S.–Mexico border. This was one of the largest fire disasters in recorded U.S. history.
Over half a million people were forced to evacuate their homes from this unstoppable onslaught. Upon returning, 1,500 survivors found there was nothing left to return to. These unlucky soles had lost everything.
But within this story of devastation and despair, triumph found its way to a few families who had the foresight to prepare for such an event.
Typical firewall style fire safes are rated to withstand temperatures of 1200°F for 30 minutes, but what happens when the temperatures rise much higher, and what if no one comes to extinguish the fire? These are exactly the extreme conditions our safes were subjected to in this real world crisis. When caught in the path of an unyielding class one wildfire, the term “fire protection” is truly put to the test.
The “Witch Fire”, the most destructive of the 2007 California wildfires, ravaged the communities encircling Brown Safe’s manufacturing facility. Two customer safes not only took a direct hit from the fire, they also happened to be located in garages amidst large quantities of highly flammable materials including paint, gasoline, plywood, and full welding tanks. The safes were assaulted by extreme temperatures for hours and were left to broil for days within the ensuing ember mounds before firefighters were finally able to move in and extinguish the smoking heaps.
When subjected to conditions this severe, it’s foolhardy to expect any fire safe to even remain standing. But for these safes to actually prevail in protecting the safes precious contents, one may be inclined to call this a minor miracle… But the simple truth, as these following testimonials reflect, is Brown Safe builds VERY substantial fire safes.