Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.
October 13, 2017 - Currently in California, firefighters in California are battling 24 large wildfires that have burned nearly 210,000 acres – most of that acreage in 8 counties in the northern part of the state. Forty-two people are confirmed to have died in the wildfires. NFPA provides a number of resources to help residents prepare before a wildfire threatens. Additional information can also help neighborhoods plan for an evacuation and what to do once you return home.
Facts and figures
- According to NIFC, 2016 saw more than 67,000 wildfires burn over 5.5 million acres. The south led the nation with nearly 1.6 million acres burned.
- A total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires in 2016, including more than 3,000 homes and more than 70 commercial buildings. Tennessee accounted for the highest number of structures lost in one state in 2016 with more than 2,000 residences and 53 commercial structures destroyed; California was second with 754 residences and 12 commercial structures destroyed.
- The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are at risk from wildfires.
- View our map to see current wildfire activity across the U.S.
Dr. Jack Cohen, Fire Science Researcher with the USDA Forest Service, explains current research about how homes ignite during wildfires, and the actions that homeowners can take to help their home survive the impacts of flames and embers.
The Firewise USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes for the risk of wildfire. Firewise is sponsored by the NFPA and the USDA Forest Service.
NFPA's two-day "Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire" training is delivered by experienced wildland fire specialists and focuses on both the physical and behavioral sciences behind successful wildfire mitigation. It’s also the only national standardized training that offers factual solutions and action strategies regarding modern wildfire mitigation. Are you interested in bringing training on this subject to your facility? Get more information, or request a quote.
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