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The Wildland-Urban Interface: Wildfire Risk at Your Doorstep

Posted by Robert Ferrell on January 7, 2020

Three trends are combining to put some Washington state communities at an increasing risk of wildfire damage. 

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Topics: Washington state, wildfire, forest fires, Risk Assessment

Preventing Fire With Fire

Posted by Robert Ferrell on May 21, 2019

For decades, we’ve learned how important it is to do everything possible to prevent forest fires. So, the idea that some fires help control forest fires might seem puzzling. But it’s true. Prescribed burns, also called prescribed fires and controlled burns, help improve forest health and reduce the risk of large, catastrophic wildfires.  

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Topics: Washington state, wildfire, forest fires

Busting Myths about Wildfire Risk in Western Washington

Posted by Robert Ferrell on April 16, 2019

We usually think of Western Washington as wet or at least damp, putting it at low risk for wildfires. But a reputation for rainy weather is not, unfortunately, protection against wildfires. 

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Topics: Home safety, Washington state, wildfire, forest fires, fire departments, Home Fire Protection

Escaping a Wildfire

Posted by Cristina Pellet on January 15, 2019

The destructive and deadly California Camp Fire is still fresh in my mind and haunts my dreams due to my first-hand experience with wildfires.

The wildland urban interface or ‘where homes meet the forest’ is where I live.

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Topics: wildfire, forest fires

Embers, Wind and Fire: A Dangerous Mix

Posted by Robert Ferrell on August 7, 2018

If you live or own property in a community adjacent to a wildland area, you may realize you’re at a greater risk for wildfires. But even if you don’t, you still may have reason to be concerned. Just because a house is located outside of the designated Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zone doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods, as far as wildfire is concerned.

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Topics: wildfire, forest fires, Home Fire Protection

Tools for Assessing Wildfire Risk

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on February 6, 2018

As underwriters, it’s up to you to assess all kinds of risk — fire, water, liability, business income, coverage — using all the tools you can muster. This includes intuition, tenacity and common sense. But underwriting is a science, and an increasingly sophisticated one at that.
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Topics: wildfire, forest fires

Wildfire-proof Your Home

Posted by Sandra Bird on July 11, 2017

With all the rain we had this past winter, wildfires are probably the last thing on your mind. But hot, dry weather is here, and it is not too late to prepare your property for wildfire potential.

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Topics: wildfire

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Is May 6

Posted by Anthony Higgins on May 4, 2017

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 6, 2017. It is a day dedicated to helping you learn valuable ways to reduce risk of fire to your home and community. A great place to start is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website. The NFPA is devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.

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Topics: wildfire

Tips to Prevent Brush Fires

Posted by WSRB on July 15, 2014

For residents of Western Washington, it's easy to grow complacent about wildfire risk. But wildfires do burn here, and so do brush fires. What precautions can we, in Western Washington, take to help prevent a massive blaze? Let's go through a few key preventive measures. 

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Topics: Washington state, wildfire, forest fires, Hazards