Wildfires continue to be a significant threat to lives and property in almost every state in the nation with nearly 19 million acres burned in the past two years – the equivalent of all the land in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. combined. In 2017, nearly half of the $23 billion in direct property damage caused by fires in the U.S. was attributable to the Northern California wildfires alone; and the 2018 California wildfires broke records in terms of home destruction and loss of lives. While awareness of the damage that wildfire can cause may be at an all-time high, few realize there are steps they can take to protect their homes and families. Research shows risks can be lessened when residents invest time to prepare their homes and landscaping to reduce the damage caused by embers during a wildfire.
Posted at 2:35 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 17:35:01-04
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