An image of smoke from the Brian Head Fire taken from a NASA satellite
According to a CNN news report up to this date, 1 million more acres than the national average have been burnt by wildfire this year. According to the InciWeb site, there are 19 active wildfires in Arizona alone. The Arizona governor has declared a state of emergency due to the wildfires to try and secure additional funding to suppress them.
In Utah, one large wildfire has caused the evacuation of almost 1,500 people. Images from NASA’s satellites show smoke emanating from the Brian Head Fire in Utah drifting over to Colorado. A map on the CAL FIRE website indicates that are currently 6 active wildfires in California.
With wildfires growing in number and intensity, it is important that homeowners learn how they can take simple steps that can help to protect property and lives. NFPA provides resources and information that can be used by homeowners, policy makers, insurers, emergency management organizations, fire departments, schools and more to help create communities that are safer from wildfire.