Wildfire Season is Over; But PCI Says It is Never Too Early to get Ready
Although 2016 produced fewer wildfires and a lower total number of acres burned than the 10 year average, the warm summer and long-term drought combined to create several significant fires across the country.
Most recently insurers responded to residents in Eastern Tennessee where thousands were forced to evacuate and fire destroyed 2,400 structures. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam characterized the fires as being the state's largest in the last hundred years. Other notable fires of 2016 include the Erskine Wildfire near Sequoia National Forest in California and the grassland fire in Kansas and Oklahoma that consumed over 400,000 acres.
PCI is committed to helping ensure that homeowners and communities are fully prepared for wildfires. Through our consumer education "Wildfire Reality Check" campaign this year, we partnered with CAL FIRE to provide financial preparation tips. We also worked with the California Fire Safe Council and presented grants to the local Cresenta and Willow Creek Fire Safe Councils. PCI also presented a grant to Wildfire Partners in Boulder Colorado. These grants will help further the natural disaster preparation and consumer education efforts in these communities.
It is never too early to get ready for wildfires and we encourage you to take our "Wildfire Reality Check".
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