Wildfire: Two Frightening Reports


National Interagency Fire Center tracks wildfire. It took a hard look at weather predictions from various sources and, no surprise, predicts that we’ll see another above normal wildfire season in 2022.

The agency says we’ll see somewhere between 68,000 and 72,000 fires. Those fires will burn 8.1 to 8.3 million acres and will destroy countless homes and businesses and will cost billions in losses.

As a comparison, the National Interagency Fire Center says from 2001 to 2020, the average number of fires in a year was 68,707 and they burned around 7 million acres.

The West will bear the brunt of the coming damage.

If that news isn’t bad enough, a report from First Street Foundation adds to the weight and seriousness of the problem. The 5th National Risk Assessment: Fueling the Flames report looked at information gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other places, and found that since 1980, a frightening 66% of the damage caused by wildfire from then until now has happened in the last five years.

Yale University says losses from wildfires in 2021 hit $5 billion. It’s the seventh straight year that those losses have topped $2 million.

Matthew Eby is the founder and executive director of First Street Foundation. He said almost every home in America is vulnerable to wildfire. Here are some statistics:

*** In the next 30 years, 20 million properties face moderate risk of being victim to a wildfire. Moderate is a 6% chance.

*** The report says 6 million properties are looking at a major risk of catching fire. Major is defined as 14%.

*** Close to 3 million properties are in the severe risk category. It’s a 26% chance in the next 30 years.

*** The biggest — and scariest — category is the extreme risk category. That category belongs to 1.5 million properties and the risk factor is 26% over 30 years.

*** Another 49 million properties with have a less than 1% chance of having wildfire hit them. That’s the minor risk category.

Eby said a big problem faced by Americans — and insuring their homes and controlling that risk — is a lack of information on property-specific, climate adjusted wildfire risk. “As a changing climate drives more frequent and severe wildfire events, Fire Factor will prove critical in ensuring everyone has the insights they need to understand their personal risk to avoid and protect against the devastating impact of a wildfire,” Eby said.

His firm uses property tax data  and satellite imagery to assign a risk score. Also taken into account is the type and quality of construction, weather and the exposure to wildfire drivers like trees and grass.

We calculate every individual property and structures risk across the country, be it a commercial building, or be it an individuals home,” Eby said. What youre able to see from that is that one home might have the same probability as another of being in a wildfire, but be much more susceptible to burning down.”

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