Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. Last year, a total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires, including more than 3,000 homes and more than 70 commercial buildings.
To date in 2017, the U.S. has seen more than 56,000 wildfires burn more than 9 million acres of land, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. States currently reporting large fires include Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Seasonal Santa Ana winds are currently being blamed for fueling wildfires burning across Ventura County and Sylmar in Southern California, forcing thousands to evacuate.
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.
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.
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