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Wildfire Resources

The American Red Cross supports thousands of people displaced by wildfires each year. If you need help or would like to donate to their disaster relief fund, click here.

There is no denying the attraction of our country’s beautiful wildlands. But living and working closer to them as our climate becomes warmer and drier is putting homeowners and business owners at increased risk.

wildfire resourcesOver the last 10 years, the U.S. has averaged 10,303 wildfires annually, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and has seen an average of 493,524 acres burn each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 45 million homes and 72,000 communities are at risk for these catastrophic fires. California’s Camp Fire alone destroyed more than 11,000 homes and nearly 19,000 structures.

If you live or work in an area prone to fire, the resources on this page may help you learn how to prevent, prepare for and handle the aftermath of these catastrophic events.


Estimates suggest that humans are responsible for causing as much as 90% of all wildland fires. Review these reminders about what to do and what not to do to prevent them.

7 Simple Steps to Prevent Wildfires
Source: AccuWeather

Prevention How-Tos
Source: The Ad Council, U.S. Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters

One Less Spark. One Less Wildfire.
Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)


Use these resources to learn how to prepare your family (including your pets) and your personal or business property for the threat of wildfires.

Be Ready! Wildfires (infographic)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfires
Source: National Fire Protection Association

Wildfires (How to Stay Safe When a Wildfire Threatens)
Source: Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Fire Losses
Source: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Understanding Wildfire Warnings, Watches and Behaviors
Source: National Weather Service

What Do You Need in a Survival Kit?
Source: American Red Cross

Wildfire Evacuation
Source: U.S. Fire Administration

5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Wildfire Smoke
Source: AccuWeather

Handling the Aftermath

There are steps you can take before a wildfire strikes as well as after that can make addressing losses easier. Consider the following.

Before a Wildfire Ignites

Wildfires Are Becoming an All-Season Risk (Know What’s in Your Policy)
Source: The Hylant Blog

How to Make Filing a Homeowners Insurance Claim Easier After a Disaster
Source: The Hylant Blog

Business Interruption Insurance: Importance of Pre-Loss Value Reporting
Source: The Hylant Blog

Business Continuity: Continuing Business After Catastrophic Weather
Source: The Hylant Blog

After a Wildfire Burns

After a Catastrophe: Assessing Business Property Damage
Source: The Hylant Blog

Managing a Business Property Insurance Claim: Five Steps After a Weather-Related Catastrophe
Source: The Hylant Blog

Was Your Home Damaged by Fire? Here’s What to Do Next.
Source: Lauren Thomas at, with permission

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