According to the National Fire Protection Association, large-loss fires accounted for nearly $800 million in direct property losses nationwide in 2011. The Bastrop County Complex (Texas) wildfire alone resulted in $400 million in property loss and was the largest of the large-loss fires recorded during that year.
Stephen Badger’s article on Bastrop and other large-loss fires in the U.S. in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal provides us with an eye-opening account of our country's fire situation. Take some time to read it and let us know what you think.
You can also download NFPA’s “Fire Loss in the United States During 2011” full report.Want to learn more about the U.S. fire problem? Check out NFPA's stats page for a closer look.