23. January 2014 07:49
Wildfires are a common problem throughout the Unites States, but especially in the western states where drought is a yearly occurrence. A recent article by the Arizona Daily Star "Arizona residents file claims in fatal wildfire" describes the aftermath of a wildfire when properties were not fully protected.
Ninety-one residents of Yarnell, Arizona and the llah subdivision that were affected by a wildfire in 2013 filed claims against the state and local agencies that fought the fire. They are claiming the fire plan was wrong and that more could have been done and sooner to protect their homes. The wildfire destroyed most of the areas homes with only a small percentage surviving with no or minor damage. Pacific Biodiversity Institute studied the area from aerial images taken previous to the fire and found that the majority of area homes lack a proper buffer zone and the one that did have it mostly survived unscathed.
This article highlights the importance of prepping your home and property for the threat of a wildfire. Homeowners cannot rely on fire services alone to protect their home as they need to their part as well. A safe buffer zone around each structure is critical to prevent a wild fire from spreading to your home or outbuildings. Homeowners can also benefit from using a fire retardant such as FireIce from Geltech. It is an environmentally friendly product that when mixed with water creates a fire retardent gel that sticks to nearly any surface protecting it from fire and extreme heat. It is an extra level of protection for homeowners in case a fire jumps their buffer zone and fire services is not there to stop the fire. If you would like more information on how to protect your home from wildfire threats, please contact us.