Last year the U.S. saw 63,000 wildfires burn more than 3.5 million acres. To date, residents in the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, California, Arizona, and Nevada have already seen large wildfires burn around their communities. Expects say almost 40-percent of new home construction in the Western U.S. is classified as the "wildland-urban interface" (WUI) and 4.5 million households are at risk of wildfire in nine western states and Texas.
To address these growing issues, Pat Durland, principal of Stone Creek Fire, LLC and an instructor for NFPA's "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" workshops, hosted a recent satellite media tour sponsored by USAA to help raise awareness about the importance of staying safe and being prepared for a wildfire.
Watch Pat's interview on WKAMR-4 and FOX 14 WKCIT out of Amarillo, Texas, The video portion was highlighted on the station's website, Myhighplains.com.
Learn more about USAA's relationship with NFPA's Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program and their continued support and involvement in helping address wildfire risk across the country, on our Firewise website.