Wildfire represents a potentially catastrophic risk to businesses, homeowners, and public lands. Commonly associated with the western United States, wildfires can occur anywhere in the country at any time throughout the year. The risks are higher during periods with little or no rainfall, particularly when combined with high winds, which hasten the spread of fire.
Wildfires can start from natural causes, such as lightning, but are most often caused by humans either accidentally (from cigarettes, campfires, or outdoor burning) or intentionally. In addition to the potential risk of property damage and personal injury or death, smoke from wildfires can spread for miles and cause health issues for individuals. Fire damage to the surrounding landscape also may contribute to flash flooding and mudslides.
Next week, we will review wildfire preparedness tips.
For more information about wildfires:
Ready.gov Wildfire Information
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