Roughly 60,000 wildfires burn 8 million acres in the U.S. each year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). While the total number of wildfires has gone down about 25% since a decade ago, they’re more destructive and deadly than ever.
How can I stay informed about wildfires?
Wildfires feed on vegetation; hot, dry conditions increase the risk and speed of a wildfire. To learn more about the wildfire risks in your area, visit the sites below:
- The National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC) publishes wildfire outlooks on a daily to seasonal basis, depending on the region.
- The National Weather Service produces regional maps with a color-coded wildfire outlook system.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service posts a map of current large wildfire incidents.
- The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) identifies low-risk, moderate-risk and high-risk factors for your home’s surroundings.
- The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) provides wildfire research information as well as regional home retrofit guides.
When a wildfire threat exists, use a battery-powered radio to stay aware of current information. Wildfires can move very quickly. If authorities issue a wildfire evacuation order, leave the area immediately.
Be the good statistic. Stay informed and prepare your Hazard Plan today.