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.
According to CAL FIRE, the wildfires that devastated the North Bay are nearly contained. At its peak, there were 21 major wildfires that burned over 245,000 acres. The fires destroyed an estimated 8,800 structures and sadly, took the lives of 42 people.
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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