Record Rainfall Makes the 2017 Wildfire Season Even More Dangerous

 

California received a much-needed thirst quenching during its 2016-2017 winter season. According the Bay Area’s Mercury News, The Golden State averaged “27.81 inches of precipitation” from October 2016 through February 2017. This refreshed the dry state, but it also brings about a unique danger.

 

Important Data

 

Californians must take safety preparedness to heart. Because of global warming, wildfires pose more of a serious threat, especially after a record rain season. Unique spring and summer environmental conditions contribute to an increased fire risk, including

 

  • Continued drought conditions
  • High winds
  • Higher than average temperatures

 

These factors combine to dry out rain-refreshed vegetation, which turns it into fuel. Over the last 50 years, wildfire incidents in California have worsened, and over the last 10 years, more than 80 million acres of land have burned worldwide.

 

Historical Perspective

 

Californians living in high-risk areas, such as Los Angeles County’s Topanga Canyon, should have regular home inspections for fire prevention. Many L.A. County residents remember the 1993 Old Topanga wildfire. During a blaze fueled by dry brush and 60 MPH Santa Ana winds

 

  • 18,000 acres burned
  • 359 homes were destroyed
  • 3 people died

With record rainfall comes the potential for a record fire season. Schedule a home inspection with Free Fire Zone Inspections today. We work with insurance carriers to offer solutions other than the California Fair Plan.

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