“Harden Your Home” Against Wildfire Danger

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Last year 63,000 wildfires were recorded, burning more than 3.5 million acres of land. Already this year, large portions of the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, California, Arizona, and Nevada all are in an above normal fire potential stage. With almost 40-percent of new home construction in the Western U.S. classified as “wildland-urban interface” or WUI, 4.5 million households are at risk of wildfire in nine western states and Texas, making the potential for catastrophic personal loss very real.

Already this year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, firefighters are already battling fires in multiple states.
 
Since it’s embers that ignite most structures and not large flames, there are many important steps homeowners can take to reduce their risk of exposure to wildfire. 
So, even though we have been blessed with so much rain this summer, it never hurts to remember some important wildfire safety reminders. Wildfire safety expert Pat Durland is with us today to give us some advice on how to stay safe and be prepared.

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