Since the year 2,000 over 73,200 wildfires have burned million of acres. Thousands of people die each year in wildfire-related disasters which destroy tens of thousands of structures each year. Knowing how to be prepared, especially in areas prone to wildfires could mean life or death for you and your family.
Wildfires start with the word wild for a reason. They get out of control very quickly and you never know exactly what they are going to do, when they are going to shift directions and how strong they will become. Many factors influence these things, particularly the current weather conditions and precipitation on the ground and air.
Prime weather for fires to ignite and spread include dry weather and strong winds – especially in areas of dense forests or areas containing other flammable materials. There is always a risk of life loss and property destruction when a wildfire burns out of control, but you can reduce your chances by being prepared before a wildfire strikes and know what to do if one does hit your home.