California Wildfire Facts and Statistics
Here are some jaw dropping facts and statistics about California from Insurance Information Institute. There will always be wildfires but we as humans can lower the amount of fires and mitigate the risks. One way of mitigating risk is to be active. Hardening your home and removing brush, weeds, correctly trimming your trees, et cetera, can be the difference between life or death. Read the full article here: https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-wildfires
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.
2018: From January 1 to December 21, 2018, there were 55,911 wildfires, compared to 64,610 wildfires in the same period in 2017, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. About 8.6 million acres were burned in the 2018 period, compared with 9.6 million in 2017.
In 2018 California experiences the largest and most destructive wildfires in California history. California is also the most prone state to wildfires and has the most wildfires per year on average. The top ten most costly wildfires ever were all in California as well.
According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires added up to $5.1 billion over the past 10 years.
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