Since wildfires bring such dire consequences and logistical problems, safety-conscious residents who choose to live in wildfire-prone areas can be a little bewildering. Of course, there are many reasons that people live in areas where brush, grass and forest fires can and do occur; this, honestly, is nearly everywhere in the United States.
When it comes to more traditional forestland, many people have moved from urban settings and may not fully understand the local fire risk. In the pursuit of the lifestyle afforded by living near nature, and the picturesque privacy that comes with it, wildfire is often not at the forefront of people’s minds.
This is understandable, and again, wildfires can happen anywhere. However, there are areas where they are more common, and residents of the wildland/urban interface should prepare their homes for the possibility before settling down to admire the trees. Check out our website www.Firewise.org to get started!