Washington Report

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Report: Wildfires Bigger, More Destructive

According to a recent report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, wildfires in California have increased in frequency and severity over the past decade. As a result, these wildfires are causing more deaths and destroying more homes due to that fact that more people have moved into areas with high wildfire risk. 

According to the report, communities in California - and across the country - will need to plan for, and adapt to, bigger and more frequent wildfires. Tools for localities to use include more accurate wildfire risk maps, better planning practices, more effective zoning and building laws and better building codes. Homeowners must also take responsibility for creating defensible zones around their home if their property is at a higher risk for wildfires.