In 2012 alone, 84,400 wildfires burned 11,198,072 acres across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Every state in the union reported at least one wildfire, with the Eastern Great Basin Geographic Area, the Northern Rockies, Northwest and Rocky Mountain Geographic Areas reporting the most fires.
In 2012 alone, wildfires destroyed over 4,200 buildings.
- 2,216 residences
- 1,961 outbuildings and
- 67 commercial structures
This figure is well above average and in fact is the highest number in over a decade.
There is no state, no city, nor any area at all across the United States that is immune from the devastating effects of wildfires. The most important thing to take away from these numbers is that they are going up, not down. Dry conditions, “eco-friendly” land management practices that leave dead vegetation in place, and a lack of funds at the local level to clear up problem areas mean more fires for the foreseeable future.
That means you have a choice:
- Watch everything you’ve worked your entire life for go up in smoke, or
- Take action now to prevent it If you choose to ignore the signs and warnings, please close this report and go on about your life.
But if you want to make sure that you have done EVERYTHING in your power to provide a safe and secure home for your family, no matter what; then please, read on…