As a result of climate change, vegetation is drier for longer periods because of high temperatures, according to the 2018 National Climate Assessment. The recent devastating wildfires that happened in Australia and California are partly a consequence of the extreme heat.
Although wildfire destruction decreased nationwide in 2019, burning only 2.2 million acres compared to the average of 8.9 million acres during the two previous years, experts from the National Interagency Fire Center believe the U.S. trend in 2019 does not change long-term patterns, and likely resulted from exceptional events such as heavy precipitation.
Augurisk offers a risk assessment platform for Wildfires, as well as 10 other hazards and risks including Storm events, Flooding, Earthquakes, Coronavirus, Air quality, and more. You can create an account by clicking here.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the following 15 states have had the most wildfire acreage burned in 2018 :
- California: 1,823,153 acres burned
- Nevada: 1,001,966 acres burned
- Oregon: 897,262 acres burned
- Oklahoma: 745,097 acres burned
- Idaho: 604,481 acres burned
- Texas: 569,811 acres burned
- Colorado: 475,803 acres burned
- Utah: 438,983 acres burned
- Washington: 438,833 acres burned
- Alaska: 410,683 acres burned
- New Mexico: 382,344 acres burned
- Wyoming: 279,242 acres burned
- Arizona: 165,356 acres burned
- Florida: 138,820 acres burned
- Montana: 97,814 acres burned
If you live or intend to move into one of these states, it is important to assess your risk exposure to Wildfires to be prepared.
Here's how to get your Wildfire Risk Assessment on Augurisk in 4 steps:
- Create an account on Augurisk by clicking here. Make sure to use a real email as you have to confirm your account.
- Click on “Subscriptions” in the menu under settings, to acquire a credit or a subscription.
3. Click on Add new project button
4. Select your home or business address, and click on Generate a project.
That’s it! You will be redirected to the Global Overview page where you will see your Global Risk Score, as well as a summary for your project. Click on “Wildfires” on the menu to access the Wildfire Risk Assessment page.
If you see a high level risk, then you should probably take measures to plan for an event of wildfire. Visit the Ready.gov website for more information on how to create your action plan to stay safe during a wildfire.
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