February 4, 2021

The Mendocino Complex Fire: Causes, History & Statistics

Featured Image: California has experienced countless destructive wildfires over the past several years, but few compare to the devastation caused by the Mendocino Complex Fire—the second-largest wildfire in California history. Composed of two separate fire incidents—the Ranch Fire and the River Fire—the Mendocino Complex Fire impacted several communities throughout the Mendocino and Lake Counties, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of land and hundreds of structures. So, what caused this disaster and how much damage did these communities actually suffer?
January 28, 2021

5 Largest Wildfires in California History Raged in 2020

California is one of the states most affected by wildfires. Every year, the state is devastated by wildfires that burn hundreds of thousands of acres of land, worsen the air quality, and destroy both commercial and residential structures. In 2020 alone, CAL FIRE estimates that over four million acres were burned, 10,488 structures were destroyed, and 33 lives were lost. Due to worsening climate conditions, California’s fire season is longer than ever, and it’s likely that the state will experience more frequent and severe wildfires in the years to come. This is supported by the fact that five of the largest wildfires in California history occurred in this past year alone.
October 28, 2020

Wildfire Defensible Space 101: Protect Your Home

There might not be much you can do to prevent wildfires, but you can take proactive steps to protect your home from damage during wildfire season. Creating defensible space around your property provides a buffer between your home and surrounding vegetation. This can significantly reduce the chance that your home ignites due to drifting embers and help slow the spread of approaching fires. Here’s everything you need to know about how to create wildfire defensible space.
October 28, 2020

Fire-Resistant Building Materials & Home Hardening Techniques

Over 30 million homes are at low to extreme vulnerability to wildfires in California. If you live in an area affected by wildfires, using fire-resistant building materials and implementing effective home hardening techniques are two great ways to protect your home and belongings. Here’s everything you need to know.
October 26, 2020

Fire Evacuation Checklist: How to Prepare for Evacuation

California’s devastating wildfires often create very hazardous conditions for local residents. Even if the fires themselves are not expected to hit your area, the resulting smoke and air pollutants are often enough to force evacuations. Unfortunately, many California residents are not properly prepared to face an evacuation order, making an already stressful situation even more difficult. By preparing an evacuation plan ahead of time, California residents can gain peace of mind, protect their home from potential wildfire damages, and ensure they don’t leave anything important behind. Here’s a fire evacuation checklist and resources to help you prepare for evacuation.
September 30, 2020

California Wildfires History & Statistics

Nearly every year, California experiences major wildfires that can be devastating to the environment and communities throughout the state. These fires tend to frequently and tragically displace California locals from their homes due to property destruction, poor air quality, extreme heat, and other consequences. But what causes these California wildfires, and how can residents protect themselves and their property from these natural disasters? Read on to learn more about California wildfires history, key California wildfire statistics, and how you can protect your home from these dangerous fires.