Wildfires of 2013 – Top States Affected

19. June, 2014

According to one of the top insurance carriers in 2013 California was the state with the most fires. The California Rim Fire was a wildfire located in the central Sierra Nevada region that was the most expensive fire in California for the year costing $127,350,000. The fire was not only the most expensive fire in the west, it was also the third largest fire in California history. The following are the Top 5 states for the most wildfires in 2013:

CA (9,907)
NC (3,514)
GA (2,992)
OR (2,848)
AZ (1,756)

THD wants you to be prepared in the event of a wildfire. In order to protect your property from wildfire prone areas the following are just a few suggestions that will help prepare you prior to a fire:

Plant fire resistant shrubs and trees.
Regularly clean your roof and gutters.
Remove dead branches that hang over your roof or are too close to your house.
Use fire-resistant roofing materials such as tile, composition shingles, metal or copper.
Use 1/8to 1/4 inch mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas, and the home itself. Also, screen openings to floors, roof and attic.
Consider having multiple garden hoses that are long enough to reach all areas of your home and other structures on your property. If you have a pool or well, consider getting a pump.
Inspect chimneys twice a year and clean them once a year.
Install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers throughout your house.
Have a tools such as a shovel, rake, bucket, and hoe available for fire emergencies.
Make sure your address is clearly visible from the road, it’s best to have your street number on the curb and on your house.

As a provider of temporary housing for individuals that are displaced from disasters THD wants you to be prepared for a wildfire. For more information on what you can do to prepare for a wildfire go to http://www.ready.gov/wildfires. THD may be reached at 800-817-3220 or email us at request@thdmail.net

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