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Since the 1990s, wildfires in the U.S. have been burning more than twice the amount of land,1 with wildfires in the Western U.S. lasting 64 percent longer and happening four times as often.2 Wildfires are also becoming more intense, as the National Weather Service released its first-ever, highest-severity extreme red flag fire warning to areas in California in 2019.
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, there are actions you can take to prepare and stay safe -- before, during, and after a fire.
Before a Wildfire
Take these steps throughout the year:
During a Wildfire
If you face an imminent wildfire threat, monitor the local news and evacuate when ordered to do so. Use our Emergency Evacuation Packing List and the following tips to get ready:
After a Wildfire
For your safety, do not return home until all evacuation orders have been lifted and the roads surrounding your home are clear. Watch for downed trees and power lines, and use caution as the threat of flash floods or mudslides is real. In addition:
For additional wildfire safety tips and more, visit our Catastrophe Center.
Suzanne Moyers, CPCU, AIC, is a Risk-Consulting Catastrophe Manager, Chubb Personal Risk Services.
The opinions and positions expressed are the authors’ own and not those of Chubb. The information and/ or data provided herein is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Insurance coverage is subject to the language of the policies as issued.