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Fire BreakThe June issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • An update on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond wildland fire conference in October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • An announcement of the second phase of the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign - ACT
  • Information about using landscaping equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws, etc.) responsibly to reduce grass fires
  • News that focuses on two insurance companies and their work to support wildfire safety

...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t miss an issue! So subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your e-mail address to our newsletter list.

According to a recent report, tragically at least 12 structures have been lost due to a fast moving fire in the Sleepy Hollow area of Washington State.  The weather has been hot (in the 100's) and dry with extremely low humidity and gusty winds that contributed to the intensity of the wildfire.  According to a K5 news report, At Least 12 Homes Lost in Wenatchee Fire, "State fire assistance was mobilized Sunday night to fight a fast moving brush fire in Wenatchee. All of north Wenatchee from Maple Street north to the river was evacuated Sunday night.  At least a dozen homes were lost.”  According to reports a fire also started in a cardboard recycling plant.

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Photo by Diane Lewis/ KING 5 News

The Chelan Emergency Management has updated information about evacuations on their Facebook page.

The fire has grown to over 1,700 acres.  The fire is reported to be burning within the city limits as of Sunday evening.  According to the Fox 13 report, "The sheriff’s office said an evacuation center that was originally set up at the 7th Day Adventist School has been moved to Eastmont High School at 955 3rd Street NE in East Wenatchee. The fairgrounds were open for livestock."

There has been concern by Washington State officials about the wildfire potential.  According to a CNN news report, "Last week Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation, saying the state was under extreme wildfire risk. 'The fire danger now is unlike any we've seen in a long time if ever,' he said. 'We need to be prepared for the possibility of an unprecedented fire season."

Are you prepared?  Have you taken steps to prepare your home and property before a wildfire event? The Firewise Website offers educational opportunities, free materials and information to enable you to act with knowledge about good Firewise steps that you can take that can make a difference.

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Since the inception of NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program in 2002, residents of wildfire-prone neighborhoods have been asking the question, “What will becoming Firewise do to my insurance premium?” Until recently, the answer was, “Nothing.” Starting last year, however, the answer is much more positive. That’s because in May 2014, the California Insurance Commissioner approved a rate filing request by USAA to reward its members and encourage more residents in wildfire risk areas to take safety steps by providing a discount on the homeowner’s insurance premium for USAA members who live in recognized Firewise Communities.

USAA carefully analyzed Firewise and its growing voluntary recognition program. As more and more neighborhoods used the Firewise process to earn recognition and commit to wildfire safety action, NFPA documented local investment and developed boundary maps of communities in California for USAA’s analysis. USAA reviewed loss history for its members within and outside of California Firewise Communities/USA sites and found a favorable difference in loss experience for members in recognized communities. USAA conducted the same analysis for Colorado and Texas this year, with the same kind of favorable results, demonstrating that properties in participating communities have a safety “edge” that others do not.  USAA is also pursuing this discount for its members living in other states with significant wildfire risks.

Learn much more about USAA’s commitment to wildfire risk reduction and its rewards to members who participate in the Firewise Communities/USA recognition program here. For more about how insurers are supporting wildfire safety actions, check out this Wildfire Watch article in the NFPA Journal.  

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